According to her, Modi has a "highly problematic history of racism", and that following the 2002 Gujarat riots, the United Kingdom had "announced a 10-year boycott".
Revealing another instance of selective knowledge, the MEP claimed that "During his electoral campaign, Modi reiterated his rhetoric on immigration, calling for all non-Hindus to leave India and go back to their own countries".
Barandica, who hails from the Basque region of Spain, wrote: "India's population includes a large number of minority groups who typically live in extremely poor conditions".
She asked three questions under Rule 30:
- "What steps will the EU take, in cooperation with the Indian Government, to address the issue of inequality in India?"
- "Is this issue of social, racial and religious discrimination part of the ongoing EU-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations?"
- "Considering the fact that national policies on minorities could potentially pose a threat to peace and security in South Asia, is the EU pursuing a collective agreement with countries in the region to address such concerns?"
She addressed the question to the European Commission vice-president, and called on the EU to address the "issue of inequality" in India.
Barandica is part of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe (ALDE).