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“Grossly Irresponsible” : MEA S. Jaishankar On Siddaramaiah’s Tweet Urging Government To Rescue Hakki Pikkis In Sudan


A heated exchange of words between former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, and the Minister of External Affairs, S. Jaishankar, has caught the attention of the Indian media and social media platforms. The exchange began when Siddaramaiah tweeted about the plight of the Hakki Pikki tribe in Sudan and urged the central government to intervene and save the 31 Indians who were stranded there amidst violent clashes that had claimed the lives of at least 180 people.

Siddaramaiah, through his Twitter account, requested the BJP government at both the state and centre to open diplomatic discussions immediately and ensure the safe return of the stranded Indians, who were without food. The tweet also attracted the attention of the External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who accused Siddaramaiah of politicising the matter.

In response to the tweet, the Minister of External Affairs stated that he was appalled by the tweet and accused Siddaramaiah of grossly irresponsible behaviour. Jaishankar emphasised that the Indian Embassy in Khartoum had been in touch with the local Indians since the beginning of the clashes. He also clarified that the details of the location could not be made public due to safety issues.

Siddaramaiah was quick to respond cheekily to Jaishankar, questioning if the matter was appalling, then he should direct the country to someone who could help the stranded Indians. The social media is divided on the matter, with some accusing Siddaramaiah of politicising the issue, while others stressed that it is not wrong for a sitting MLA to question the safety of Indians stranded abroad.


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