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Evening brief: Assam CM Himanta on Congress declining Ram Mandir invitation; Canadian envoy's ‘advice’ to India, more

Jan 11, 2024 07:01 PM IST

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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma criticised the Congress party for declining an invitation to the inauguration ceremony of the Ayodhya Ram Temple, stating that it was a missed opportunity for the party to atone for "sins against Hindus." Sarma claimed that the Congress, by not attending the ceremony, would continue to be viewed as "anti-Hindu." The Congress justified its decision, calling the event a "political project" of the RSS and BJP. Sarma suggested that Congress leaders should not have been invited in the first place. He also stated that the Assam government would grant permission for the Congress-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the state. Dig deeper

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Amid the ongoing diplomatic tension between India and Canada, Canadian High Commissioner to India, Cameron Mackay, urged both nations to focus on business ties and work towards restoring friendly relations. Mackay emphasized that the strategic interests of India and Canada align, and despite diplomatic strains, business relations remain unaffected. Speaking at a seminar during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, he encouraged business-to-business collaborations for mutual benefit. The diplomatic rift began last year when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made allegations about India's involvement in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Despite these challenges, Mackay sees the Vibrant Gujarat summit as a crucial platform to reaffirm and strengthen business ties between the two nations. Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our evening briefing. Catch you tomorrow morning.

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