Saudi Visit Un­nerved Some in In­dia: PM

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Bikash.Singh@ times­group.com

Guwa­hati: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has said that his re­cent visit to Saudi Ara­bia has caused stom­achache for some peo­ple in In­dia. Modi was ad­dress­ing an elec­tion rally in Raha and Rangia. He vis­ited the Ka­makhya tem­ple in Guwa­hati be­fore the rally.

“My re­cent visit to Saudi Ara­bia, where Mecca is sit­u­ated, was very suc­cess­ful. This has caused dis­com­fort to some coun­tries, which I can un­der­stand. How­ever why this has caused stom­ach ache for some peo­ple in In­dia I can­not un­der­stand. What kind of pa­tri­o­tism is this?”

He said it was some­thing about which every­one should be happy as bi­lat­eral ties be­tween two coun­tries would im­prove. “Saudi Ara­bia has be­stowed the high­est civil­ian hon­our on me. We are adding new friends and our strength is in­creas­ing.” Modi claimed that In­dia's pres­tige has been en­han- ced. “To­day big and pow­er­ful world lead­ers are ea­ger to shake hands with me, not be­cause I am Modi but be­cause 125 crore peo­ple are be­hind me.”

Modi is cam­paign­ing for the sec­ond phase, where 61 assem­bly con­stituen­cies will have polls on April 11. Modi said that the world had seen how In­dia had given a de­ci­sive man­date and in­stalled a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment in New Delhi, af­ter al­most 30 years. “I urge to you to give a de­ci­sive ver­dict in fa- vour of BJP and its al­lies in As­sam too,” he said.

“Af­ter the first phase of polls, some peo­ple an­tic­i­pate a hung assem­bly. This is mouth-wa­ter­ing stuff for those who want to di­vide the coun­try. For they can re­mote con­trol the gov­ern­ment. For 10 years, peo­ple have been what hap­pens when a re­mote­con­trolled gov­ern­ment op­er­ates.”

Seek­ing mas­sive man­date for chang­ing the face of As­sam, Modi said, “if you want the whole coun­try and world to know As­sam, give a mas­sive man­date. Af­ter first phase of polls, chief min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi has stopped laugh­ing. He is hir­ing lead­ers from Delhi to bail him out. How will those who could not save them­selves bailout Go­goi?”

PM says the world had seen how In­dia had given a de­ci­sive man­date and in­stalled a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment in New Delhi

PM Naren­dra Modi ad­dress­ing an elec­tion rally in As­sam on Fri­day

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