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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar used the word “Maryada” to draw attention to the political remarks made by US, German, and UN envoys regarding Indian politics following Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest. He stated that as sovereign nations, we should not meddle in one another’s domestic affairs.

At a press conference on Tuesday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, EAM Jaishankar underlined that these are outdated and unhealthy practises.

These are ingrained behaviours. These are not good behaviours.I refer to us as sovereign countries, or “Maryada” among them. We ought not to meddle with one another’s personal matters. We ought not to be discussing each other’s political beliefs in jest,” he declared.

He went on to emphasise that they have informed these nations’ officials that India is vehemently opposed to this.

“Because if you make something a regulation, where do you draw the line? Therefore, in the instances in which it has occurred, we have made it very evident to the ambassadors of that nation that we strongly disapprove of it,” Jaishankar said.

He went on to say that other nations have no right to make political observations about other nations.

“In our opinion, this is a bad practice. And we truly implore every nation on the planet to declare that citizens are free to hold any opinions they choose about the world. However, no nation has the authority to discuss the politics of another nation, particularly in

When questioned last week about his response to India’s summons of the US ambassador over remarks made regarding Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest and the freezing of the Congress party’s bank accounts, US State Department spokeswoman Mathew Miller replied that they are keenly monitoring these developments.

“We are still keeping a careful eye on these developments, especially Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi. We are also aware of the claims made by the Congress party that certain of their bank accounts have been frozen by tax authorities, which will make it difficult for them to run a successful campaign in the next elections,” Miller continued.

“And we encourage fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of these issues,” he stated.

Declaring that the “robust and independent” democratic institutions that India is proud of

This follows the US State Department’s reiteration of its statements one day after a US envoy was called to convey India’s “strong objections” to the previous statements.

Previous to this, India sent a formal complaint against the comments made by their foreign office spokeswoman regarding the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and called the German Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi.

When asked about Kejriwal’s detention last Friday, a representative for the German Foreign Ministry stated that he had a right to a fair trial.

The Enforcement Directorate detained Kejriwal on suspicion of money laundering in relation to the Delhi excise policy investigation.

In an alleged money case, the Rouse Avenue Court on Monday placed AAP supremo in judicial custody until April 15.

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