Congress Wonders Why Shinzo Abe Being Hosted In Gujarat & Not Delhi!
Last Updated: 14 Sep 2017 08:08 AM
- New Delhi: The Congress raised questions over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statevisit to Ahmedabad and not the country's national capital andhoped it would not be used for political purposes in view ofthe forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections. (Photo: Twitter)
- Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari on Wednesday said it was"quixotic" that Abe was not being hosted in Delhi. "We do not want to transgress propriety by commenting ona state visit but it is rather quixotic that the PrimeMinister of a country as important as Japan, who is almostIndia is strategic partner in many respects, is strangely noteven being hosted in Delhi," he said. He hoped a state visit was not being used for "politicalpurposes" in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to beheld later this year.(Photo: File)
- With an election in Gujarat around the corner, it does
raise a question -- and I hope this is not the case -- that a
state visit is actually being used for political purposes
because the manner in which it is structured is rather
awkward," he told reporters here.
Tewari said India had a great relationship with Japan and
that relationship, its foundations and consolidation had been
laid during the UPA regime.
- Japanese Prime Minister Abe arrived here today on a two-
day visit with a packed agenda that includes the laying of the
foundation stone for India's first bullet train project
between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Tewari also criticised the government over the handling
of the Rohingyas issue and said the criticism India had been
subjected to by the United Nations Human Rights Council was
"The stand which this government has taken on the
Rohingyas is totally contrary to India's traditions where we
have welcomed the persecuted from any part of our
neighbourhood," he said. (Image: PIB)
- He said India had not faced "this kind of ignominy".
"So, therefore, you can be critical of (Congress vice
president) Rahul Gandhi, but I think the time has come for the
NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister to introspect that mere speeches and road shows with leaders of other countries do not substitute for diplomacy," Tewari said.
On Gandhi's recent remarks in the US about being ready to
take over as the party chief, he said the Congress was a
democratic party and an organisational election process was
"You don't second guess an organisational election
process. It will culminate logically in what the aspirations
and the desires of the Congress workers are," he said. (Image: PIB)
First Published: 14 Sep 2017 08:08 AM