BJP MP meets Norway envoy on separate kids issue
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Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012, 21:01
New Delhi: A BJP MP, who met Norway's Ambassador to India Ann Ollestad on Monday to convey the anguish of parents of two Indian kids kept away from them, was surprised when the envoy brought up the case of cancellation of 2G licence of a Norwegian company by the Supreme Court.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay, accompanied by his wife Vandana, today called on Ollestad to demand that the two kids be released immediately.

Vijay said the Ambassador told them that the details of the case are confidential and cannot be disclosed but Norway government respects the cultural differences and is taking care of the kids.

When the envoy insisted that the welfare of the kids is at the centre, Vijay maintained keeping the children away from their mother cannot be in their interest.

Vijay told the Ambassador that it is shocking that such an incident is happening in Norway, considered a democratic, humane and pluralistic western country.

"I told her that this is making a bad impact on India- Norway relations. At this, the Ambassador strangely brought up the issue of their 3.5 billion dollar investment in India's telecom sector which was struck down by the Supreme Court recently," Vijay said.

Vijay's wife then intervened and said investment in human relations should be a priority matter for Norway, rather than worrying for dollars.

The BJP leader conveyed to the Norwegian envoy that its refusal to return the kids to their parents is affecting bilateral relations badly. "We want our kids back home soon with their natural parents and their visa, which is expiring soon, should also be extended," Vijay told the envoy.


First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 21:01

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