India strongly denied the allegation levelled by Canadian agencies of ‘interference’ and marked India as a ‘foreign interference threat’ that could potentially interfere in Canada elections and said that the core issue has been Ottawa’s “meddling” in New Delhi’s internal affairs.
According to Canadian media reports, the country’s federal commission of inquiry into foreign interference is looking to examine allegations of “meddling by India” in the last two general elections.
The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Randhir Jaiswal, said, “We have seen media reports about the Canadian commission enquiring into… We strongly reject all such baseless allegations of Indian interference in Canadian elections.”
The Canadian federal commission’s terms of reference is primarily to examine the possible interference by China, Russia and other foreign states or non-state actors in the 2019 and 2021 federal elections. “It is not the government of India’s policy to interfere in democratic processes of other countries. In fact, quite on the reverse, it is Canada which has been interfering in our internal affairs,” Jaiswal said.
“We have been raising this issue regularly with them. We continue to call on Canada to take effective measures to address our core concerns,” he said.