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Siddaramaiah of Congress ‘surprised’ to be invited to attend pro-China event; “No, I refused”

Amid growing tensions between the United States and China over Taiwan, an invitation card to a seminar hosted by the Indo-China Friendship Association, Karnataka, sparked a fresh row after the name of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah surfaced as one of the main guests of the event.

The event is being held in Bangalore with the theme “The Interference of US Imperialists in the Internal Affairs of the People’s Republic of China”.

Following this, giving a clarification, Siddaramaiah said that he had declined the invitation to the India-China Friendship Association scheduled for tomorrow, August 28, citing ideological differences. Moreover, he said he was surprised to be included on the guest list.

Taking to Twitter, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah wrote, “I had declined the invitation from the India-China Friendship Association to attend their event to be held tomorrow. It’s surprising to see my name although declined.

“I refused to participate because my party and my position are against the agenda of the program,” added Siddaramaiah.

BJP criticizes Congress; says the party “work for China”

Meanwhile, taking a shot at the opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary CT Ravi said: “If anyone had any doubt that the Congress is working for the China, that will dispel his doubt. Why should Congress side with China if America is interfering in its internal affairs? Is this memorandum of understanding signed by Rahul Gandhi with the Chinese Communist Party the reason for this support for China?

The invitation listed former Karnataka HC CM MP Mahadevappa as guest of honour. On the other hand, MP Rajya Sabha L Hanumanthaiah and former Minister of Karnataka PGR Sindhia who is the Chairman of ICFA National are appointed as speakers for the event.

According to the invitation, the seminar would be held at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath on Kumarakrupa Road in Bengaluru. The seminar would be chaired by former Minister of Karnataka and President of ICFA Karnataka K Srinivas Gowda. The event would start on Sunday and also host a Chinese photography exhibition until 5 p.m. from Sunday to September 3.