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Jaspal Atwal Controversy: Canadian MP S

Jaspal Atwal Controversy: Canadian MP S

But a leading Sikh politician in India, whose party is allied with Modi's party, has echoed the assertion that the elements in the Indian government worked to undermine Trudeau's trip.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said that the "conspiracy theory" surrounding the invitation to Atwal at events hosted by the Canadian High Commission in Mumbai and New Delhi was baseless and unacceptable.

He said on the contrary the trip was very successful that it would lead to a billion dollars in investments in Canada and close to 6,000 new jobs.

"Last week I had excellent conversations with Prime Minister Modi about science-based approaches to fumigation issues that were related to our pulses here, where we agreed to settle the science and bring forth science-based solutions within the next year, and bring about better predictability on what tariff barriers could be", he said.

The Opposition party planned moving a motion in parliament on Thursday to condemn Khalistani separatists and pledge support to India's unity.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing by a senior government official who floated the theory that "rogue political factions" in the Indian establishment "orchestrated" the embarrassing invitation of a convicted Khalistani separatist to a formal dinner in India to make the Canadian government appear sympathetic to Sikh extremism, the media reported. It will be interesting to see how Trudeau and many Sikh MPs of his party respond to the motion.

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"When the prime minister is blaming India for causing problems with his trip, the prime minister is damaging all of the work that everybody in this place is trying to do for Canadians", Bergen said. We should have vetted better, we should have been more diligent but none of us, instead of doing that we were pretty preoccupied in organizing myself, for myself to go to the visit and I just forwarded the names that I received.

"Let me categorically state that the government of India, including the security agencies, had nothing to do with the presence of Jaspal Atwal at the event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner in Mumbai or the invitation issued to him for the Canadian High Commissioner's reception in New Delhi", Kumar said. Sarai had taken responsibility for the invite to Atwal.

A media briefing during the trip by national security adviser Daniel Jean suggested Atwal's presence was arranged by factions within the Indian government who fear Canada is not committed to a united India. Trudeau then came out in defence of the official during a meeting of Parliament.

Reporters repeatedly asked him why a government official made this suggestion about India's involvement, especially when MP Randeep Sarai, a Liberal BC backbencher, already took full responsibility for inviting the attempted murderer.

His invitation to Trudeau's events in India had raised furor both in India as well as in Canada.