British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday confused the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the agriculture laws in India with the India-Pakistan conflict, drawing mockery on social media.
British Sikh Labour MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who has been leading a drive to keep the protests by the Indian farmers against the government’s agricultural reforms in the news in Britain, repeated one of his previous Twitter statements on the issue in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) session.
“Many constituents, especially those emanating from Punjab and other parts of India, and I were horrified to see footage of water cannons, teargas and brute force being used against peacefully protesting farmers. However, it was heart-warming to see those very farmers feeding those forces who had been ordered to beat or suppress them. What indomitable spirit and it takes a special kind of people to do that,” the Opposition lawmaker said.
“So, will the Prime Minister convey to the Indian Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) our heartfelt anxieties, our hopes for a speedy resolution to the current deadlock and does he agree that everyone has a fundamental right to peaceful protest,” he questioned Mr Johnson.
However, Johnson in his brief response went on to talk about a completely unrelated issue of the India-Pakistan conflict.
“Our view is that of course, we have serious concerns about what is happening between India and Pakistan but these are pre-eminently matters for those two governments to settle and I know that he appreciates that point,” said Johnson.
Dhesi later posted a video on Twitter to criticise the prime minister.
“It might help if our PM actually knew what he was talking about,” he wrote.
According to reports, a spokesperson from the UK government later clarified and said that the Prime Minister had “misheard” the question.
Johnson’s response also led to many angry and funny reactions on social media.
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