Krishna`s faux pas sends "wrong" message: Sukhbir
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Last Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011, 19:03
  
Jalandhar: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said the faux pas by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna at the United Nations in has sent a "wrong message" about India's seriousness in bid for a permanent seat in the Security Council.

He alleged the "unfortunate episode" has reflected India in a poor light in the international diplomatic fora.

Answering questions of mediapersons here, Badal questioned "how can we expect that such an External Affair Minister to protect India's position in the UN on sensitive issues like Jammu and Kashmir?"

He said at a time when India is trying hard to secure a permanent seat in the Security Council, the blunder by the External Affairs Minister has sent a wrong message regarding the seriousness of India on this front".

Krishna had last week inadvertently begun reading out from the speech of Portugal Foreign Minister's speech before he realized the mistake.

Badal said the series of alleged scams in telecom and space sectors have sent "shock waves" among the community of Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) and there had been "record withdrawal" of investment by them in the last few days.

Asked about former chief minister Amarinder Singh's comments about writing to the union government to stop the Rs 3500 crores grant sought by Punjab government, Badal replied Amarinder was "living in a world of hallucinations fearing his certain drubbing in ensuing assembly elections and he was inventing new mantras every day to keep his depleting flock of self-seeker followers together".

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 19:03


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