Seminar on China sparks political brawl in Karnataka | bangalore
The invitation of the top leader of the Congress, Siddaramaiah, to a seminar on the theme “The interference of American imperialism in the internal affairs of the People’s Republic of China”, organized by the Karnataka branch of the Association of Indo-Chinese Friendship (ICFA), sparked a controversial political debate in the southern state, with the Bharatiya Janata party attacking the big old party.
Siddaramaiah, the opposition leader in Karnataka assembly, however, said his name was printed as the main guest on the invitation card without his permission and he refused to attend the event. .
The “Taiwan Seminar” was to be held at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore on Sunday. According to the invitation card, which has gone viral on social media, the event would be chaired by K Srinivas Gowda, former Minister of State and President of ICFA’s Karnataka Chapter.
“I had declined the invitation of the India-China Friendship Association to attend their event which will be held tomorrow (Sunday). It is surprising to see my name although he has declined it,” said posted Siddaramaiah on Twitter while sharing a copy of the invitation card “I declined to participate as my party and my position is against the agenda of the program.”
He posted another tweet to Kannada, saying he wasn’t going to attend the event as he didn’t “ideologically agree with the program”.
Apart from Siddaramaiah, the event also named HC Mahadevappa, a former CM MP and senior Congress official, as guest of honour. L Hanumanthaiah, Congressman Rajya Sabha, and former Minister of State PGR Scindia, who is also Chairman of ICFA National, were also named speakers.
Although Siddaramaiah refused to attend the event, the state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked Congress on Saturday, saying the invitation indicated the opposition party was working for China.
“If anyone had any doubts that Congress is working for China, this will dispel their doubts,” BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi tweeted. “Why should Congress side with China if America is interfering in its internal affairs?”
According to the invitation, Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India, and Kong Xianhua, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai, were to attend the event.
However, following the controversy, the seminar which was scheduled for Sunday is canceled but the photo exhibition will continue as planned, ICFA-K Secretary General V Bhaskaran said.