New Delhi: The Congress spoke out in two different voices over the deportation of British Labour Party MP Debbie Abrahams on Monday, with Abhishek Manu Singhvi backing the move with Shashi Tharoor, however, speaking out against it. Also Read - British MP Debbie Abrahams, Critical of Government's Article 370 Move, Denied Entry Into India
Debbie Abrahams, who chairs a British Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, was yesterday deported from the Indira Gandhi International Airport just minutes after landing there. While she was told that her visa had been rejected, she said that she was sent back due to her critical views on the abrogation of Article 370.
A day later, calling her a Pak proxy, Singhvi, the Congress’ Rajya Sabha MP, tweeted: “The deportation of Debbie Abrahams by India was indeed necessary, as she is not just an MP, but a Pak proxy known for her clasp with the Pakistan government and the ISI.”
“Every attempt that tries to attack India’s sovereignty must be thwarted,” he added.
However, last night, Tharoor, the party’s Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram had slammed the government for her deportation, tweeting: “British MP who criticised the government on J&K stopped at Airport: Conduct really unworthy of a democracy and guaranteed to give us a far worse press than if she had been admitted. The government claims the situation is normal in Kashmir. Why is it then so scared of critics?
Abrahams, who alleged ‘misbehaviour’ by airport officials, was to be on a two-day personal visit to India. She was told that her e-visa, which was issued last October and valid till October 2020, had been rejected.
Later, however, reports emerged that she had been informed in advance that her visa had been rejected and that when she landed in Delhi, she was not in possession of a valid visa.
Responding to these reports, she tweeted: “I’m sorry but that just is not the reality.”