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British PM Sunak snubs Pak-origin MP over controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi

Rishi Sunak defends PM Modi in British Parliament, snubs Pakistan-origin MP

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak clearly stated in the British Parliament that he “doesn’t agree at all “ with the ‘characterization” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the controversial BBC documentary and snubbed Pakistan-origin British MP Imran Hussain on the issue.

“The UK government’s position on this has been clear and long-standing and hasn’t changed, of course, we don’t tolerate persecution where it appears anywhere but I am not sure I agree at all with the characterization that the honourable gentleman has put forward to,” Sunak said while responding to Hussain’s question on the BBC documentary.

Hussain was trying to push Pakistan’s agenda in the British Parliament, but PM Sunak nipped the move in the bud.

House of Lords Member Lord Rami Ranger has also condemned the British broadcaster as have other prominent UK citizens of Indian origin.

Taking the BBC to task for its biased reporting, Rami Ranger said:  “@BBC You have caused a great deal of hurt to over a billion Indians; It insults a democratically elected @PMOIndia Indian Police & the Indian judiciary. We condemn the riots and loss of life & also condemn your biased reporting.”

Calling the programme against Modi “ill thought-out”, he also said it was an insult to the “largest democracy” of the world.

India has slammed the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gujarat riots as a “propaganda piece” questioning the purpose and the agenda behind it.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday said the BBC documentary has “not been screened in India” and “lacks objectivity”.

“If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection on the agency and individuals that are peddling this narrative again. It makes us wonder about the purpose of this exercise and the agenda behind it. Frankly, we don’t wish to dignify such efforts,” the MEA spokesperson said in his comment on the BBC documentary.

“Do note that this has not been screened in India…We think that this is a propaganda piece, designed to push a particular discredited narrative. The bias, lack of objectivity and continuing colonial mindset is blatantly visible,” he added.

Youtube has removed BBC’s controversial documentary from circulation. The Google-owned online video streaming service removed the series on Wednesday, according to Scroll.in.

India sees a sinister design behind the BBC pushing an agenda and the mischief that the Pakistan-origin MP tried to play only confirms this, according to sources.