The government has attracted criticism from citizens and political leaders over the treatment given to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is on a 7-day visit to India along with his family.
With PM Narendra Modi’s customary welcome tweet missing and Trudeau not being accompanied by him in Ahmedabad, it has made the government seem like poor hosts. Many Trudeau detractors from Canada have claimed that Modi not receiving him at the airport is also an issue.
However, the Centre has responded by stating that it is not snubbing Trudeau and his family. Sources quoted in a Times of India report said that going to the airport was a departure from protocol and a special gesture that is saved for a few select leaders. Being received by a minister of state is in keeping with the protocol. “Really don’t understand the point here as the PM didn’t receive Chinese President Xi Jinping at the airport.”
Sources also termed Trudeau’s itinerary unusual as the Canadian PM had been advised to first complete meetings in New Delhi before touring the country, but he decided to go to Ahmedabad along with his family soon after arriving in India. The sources added that Modi had never committed to accompanying Trudeau and his family to Ahmedabad.
In the past, Prime Minister Modi has received former US President Barack Obama, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport, during their diplomatic visits to India.
It was earlier speculated that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would not meet Trudeau as the latter has failed to curb pro-Khalistan voices in Canada. Singh had refused to meet Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan last year and called him a Khalistan sympathizer, and stating that his government would not meet anyone who supports the Khalistan cause. However, earlier on Tuesday, the Punjab CM tweeted that he was looking forward to meeting Trudeau.
Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday. I’m hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries.
Trudeau is believed to have set up this meet with Singh to address the perception that the Canadian government is not able to rein in active, pro-Khalistan elements back home.moneycontrol