Congress wonders why Japanese PM Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi

"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," Manish Tewari told reporters.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2017 11:56 pm
Punjab election, Punjab news, Congress in Punjab, Latest news, India news, National news, India news, Punjab latest news, India news, National news Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said it was “quixotic” that Abe was not being hosted in Delhi.

The Congress today raised questions over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state visit to Ahmedabad and not the country’s national capital and hoped it would not be used for political purposes in view of the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said it was “quixotic” that Abe was not being hosted in Delhi.

“We do not want to transgress propriety by commenting on a state visit but it is rather quixotic that the Prime Minister of a country as important as Japan, who is almost India’s strategic partner in many respects, is strangely not even being hosted in Delhi,” he said. He hoped a state visit was not being used for “political purposes” in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to be held later this year.

“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 Wednesday 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 “absolutely unprecedented”.

“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. 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 on.

“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.

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  1. Bl Sachdeva
    Sep 16, 2017 at 9:10 am
    1. K
      Sep 15, 2017 at 5:09 pm
      congress has turned into an idot box finding faults every where like our advocates who r always on negative side of case they plead irrespective of the facts and reality congress was thinking they will arrange a meeting of Abe with Wadra and Pappu but that is not to be since entire country knows he will disgrace India and himself they finished all intelligent leaders of their party and now they r running in totally opposite direction listen to their spokes persons on media in discussion they have no solution or a suggestion to offer but oppose every thing and every move what they want they dont know their pappu and Malkin speaks his masters voice by claiming that all policies are framed by congress ok do they mean that Modi should reverse every policy rename India and redirect all funds congress way tragedy is that even big names in congress are afraid of Pappu and Mummy who is real controller of party no body knows by the way where r poster boys pilot and sindia sons?
      1. R
        Sep 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm
        it was always an idot box.....only people needed time to remove it as it was thrust upon us as a drift of more than 200years of british imperialism.....and it proved as the most destructive colonial legacy using the might of the corrupt of the nation to last as long as it did....
      2. R
        Sep 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm
        Silly observation .....nothing wrong with international dignitaries being hosted in locations other than delhi.....there are a lot more advantages to this.......congress was driven by kickbaks, commisssions and bribes in its corruption-motives that could be dealt only at residences of PC, raga, sonia, sibal, iyers, tiwaris et al of the crooked congress.....while RSS-BJP-Led-NDA with Modi as the CEO is above any form of corruption or unfairness which makes NDA open to make this entire Nation their home to pride in with a hearty welcome to visiting dignitaries who see India's opennesss in the same....Modi has nothing to hide.....his honesty and sincerity of intent are impeccable......unlike the visibly corrupt congressi goons as erstwhile ministers who all ended up doing "jee hujoori" to an italian housewife in their greed and corruption-driven politics.
        1. K
          Sep 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm
          Why not Delhi ? There is a lurking fear that Kejriwal will sit on a dharna in front of Japanese premier along with fellow AAPtards. Seriously, Abe is coming here to lay the foundation stone for the bullet train A'bad to M'bai. So they had to choose between A and M. A wins over M alphabetically.
          1. K
            Sep 15, 2017 at 12:50 pm
            "Quixotic"! Finding a subs ute word in thesaurus and then putting it in your speech or writing is sooooooooooo yesterday, Mr Large! Today, this kind of word planting is seen as a subs ute for the lack of substance in your argument. I know you still live in dynastic kingdom licking boots of your failed Prince and old queen, but wake up, people don't.I don't need to even reply to your stupid "quixotic" observation,you better keep that word reserved for your Prince's trips abroad.
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