Objecting to the screening of a documentary film containing footages of 2002 Gujarat communal riots at an exhibition in China, BJP has asked the Ministry of External Affairs to seek an explanation from Indian Ambassador in Beijing S Jaishankar for inaugurating the same.
BJP also took strong objection to a Chinese artist's version of the prevailing situation in the South China Sea at the exhibition wherein the Chinese sense of insecurity has been depicted and India's oil exploratory company ONGC shown in bad light.
"These are completely objectionable and BJP takes strong objections to this. We demand that the Ministry of External Affairs immediately call the Indian Ambassador to China and seek an explanation from him as to how he could inaugurate something where the image of India is being shown in such poor light," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
"I think the Ministry of External Affairs should be pro-active to show that it can act on its own officials which are there to spread goodwill about India and not such bad picture, she said.
She also reminded that during the Indo-US nuclear deal, the then Indian Ambassador to the US Ronen Sen had spoken about the opposition parties in Parliament as "headless chickens".
"Such kind of instances don't help the situation at all and Congress party and UPA government should realise it cannot continue with this kind of defaming of India, outside particularly," said Sitharaman.
She said the Indian Ambassador to China had inaugurated the exhibition in which these two "very serious" issues came up.