"Maybe Prime Minister Modi wanted to say why don't you meditate for Yoga, and he (Trump) thought Modi was asking to mediate," Salman Khurshid, a senior leader of Indian opposition Congress Party, who served as India's External Affairs Minister from 2012-14, told media persons during a book launch.
So did Modi say, “Mr. Trump please meditate in Kashmir.”— Uzair Hasan Rizvi (@RizviUzair) 26 July 2019
Like of all the places in the world, go and meditate in Kashmir.
Salman Khurshid is a senior lawyer in Supreme Court. https://t.co/DSdN625xnD
He was reacting to US President Trump's recent statement to media claiming the Indian prime minister had asked him to intervene in the Kashmir issue and mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve it.
"Maybe Prime Minister Modi wanted to say why don't you meditate for Yoga, and he thought Modi was asking to mediate," Khurshid said at the event.
However, the senior Congress leader's remarks, most likely intended in a lighter vein, were enough to leave the Twitterati in splits.
We trust and believe in our PM not like yours party and leader who trust and believe on leaders of other nation ........— Balkrishan sharma (@Krrishsonmarg) 26 July 2019
Khurshid ji, opposition political parties are trying to exploit Trump's statement but common sense of common citizens firmly believe that any past or future govt of India will never accept third party intervention on Kashmir issue. And PM Modi is concerned, no question of trump.— kujur belkhas s (@BelkhasS) 26 July 2019
He seems to have joined Night Classes for elderly people in Whatsapp University.— Sanad (@sanadhandle) 26 July 2019
On 22 July, a huge row erupted in Indian parliament following Trump's Kashmir mediation claim which he made while holding a joint press conference with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
"I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject [Kashmir]. And he actually said, 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said, "where" [Modi said] "Kashmir", the US President had stated.
The statement evoked questioning from India's opposition parties in the Indian parliament's ongoing Monsoon Session. Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had to refute Trump's claims saying "no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President".
The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan dates back to 1947 with two of three wars fought over it. In 1999, the forces of both countries met in the Kargil heights of the Kashmir Valley, the meeting was followed by battles that claimed the lives of over 500 soldiers on the Indian side.