British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cancelled his visit to India. India called him as Chief Guest on this Republic Day. However, later there was speculation that he would not come to India. It was confirmed on Tuesday.
According to the news agency Reuters, Johnson will no longer come to India. Johnson spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on phone while confirming his cancellation. He regretted that he would not be able to come to India this month.
He said that due to Corona, lockdown has been imposed in the country. As the new strain of Corona is spreading in Britain, so it is necessary for him to stay in the country. With this, he will be able to pay attention to the situation here.
Will visit India later this year
Boris Johnson said that he is expected to visit India before the G7 summit to be held in Britain this year. In this summit, Britain has specially called Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Situation in UK
Things are very difficult these days in Britain. After the arrival of new strain of virus, many countries of the world, including Europe, have banned movement from Britain. India also banned flights from UK. At the same time, the Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union was completed. It was considered a major victory for Johnson but, due to the closure of movement along the border with Europe, the trade will be affected from this.
The agitating farmers had also appealed to cancel this visit
Farmers protesting against new agricultural laws had appealed to UK lawmakers to stop Boris Johnson from visiting India on Republic Day.
The farmers wrote a letter to the British MPs. Letter says that the Prime Minister of Britain is going to visit India on 26 January. Our appeal is that till the Government of India does not accept the demand of the farmers, he should avoid visiting India.
No chief guest on Republic Day this time
After Boris’s decision, no chief guest will be called in this year’s Republic Day celebrations. This will be the fourth time when there will be no Chief Guest in the Republic Day celebrations of India. This has happened before in 1952, 1953 and 1966. At the same time, there were many occasions when two or more guests also attended the Republic Day celebrations of the country.