Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Punjab: Bhagwant Mann blames Centre, Indian Embassy for delay in evacuating students from Ukraine

Chandigarh: While condoling the death of Indian student Naveen Sekharappa in Kharkiv, Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Bhagwant Mann accused the Indian Embassy in Ukraine of sending out "vague advisories" and also alleged non-seriousness by the BJP government.

Mann criticised prime minister Narendra Modi and said that concerned ministries and the embassy should act more responsibly and issue advisories they should suggest route plans and means reach the borders of neighbouring countries. He reiterated that it is impossible for students stranded in eastern parts of Ukraine to reach borders in the west.

"Cities like Kharkiv and Sumy are near the Russian border, so the Indian government should try to have a dialogue with Russia urging a ceasefire and evacuate students from that side. The students are facing so many difficulties, no food, no means to reach the borders of Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia and now backlash from locals due to the UNSC vote issue, so the least the Prime Minister can do is be more sensitive about this and prioritize it over his election campaign in UP,” he said.

02/03/22 Vibhor Mohan/Times of India

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