New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday sought a reply from Canada after two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs were denied entry to the country at the Ottawa airport. Sushma Swaraj said that the Indian mission has been asked to find out “the circumstances and reasons for this deplorable action by the Canadian immigration authorities”. Also Read - UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021: AAP Releases First List of 400 Candidates

This followed a letter from Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh after Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Amarjit Singh Sandoa were denied entry at the Ottawa International Airport on July 21. Both are legislators from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). In a letter to the Speaker, Sushma Swaraj said the Indian High Commission in Ottawa had taken up the matter with the Canadian government. Also Read - Delhi Budget: Free Covid Vaccines, Mahila Mohalla Clinics, Olympics Bid in Kejriwal's 'Deshbhakti Budget' | Highlights

“We take all matters pertaining to members of our legislative bodies very seriously. In fact, the moment I was apprised of the treatment meted out to the two AAP MLAs by the Canadian authorities, my office immediately contacted the High Commissioner in Ottawa to ascertain the facts. I fully agree with you that elected members of our Assemblies deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect whenever they travel abroad,” Swaraj said. Also Read - Sushma Swaraj's Statue to be Installed in Vidisha: MP CM on Former EAM's Birth Anniversary

She added: “The Canadian Foreign Office has sent the (Indian) mission an interim response stating that ‘consultations with the Canadian Border Services Agency are ongoing to determine a comprehensive response’. Our Mission will continue to pursue this issue with the Canadian side to ensure that such incidents do not recur in the future.”

The Speaker has advised all the MLAs to follow the prescribed procedure while visiting abroad even during private visits. The External Affairs Minister said that the Indian diplomats in Canada were unaware of the visit of these two MLAs. “Neither was the Indian External Affairs Ministry informed of the visit nor the requisite political clearance sought.”

With Agencies