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Govt institutions misused for PM Modi’s promotion: Congress

Anand Sharma released a letter, purportedly written by Indian ambassador Indra Mani Pandey. The letter makes no mention of the PM Modi’s event. It talks about the embassy’s plan to organise a “mega public event for the Indian community in Oman in the second week of February in Muscat”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 4:46 am
Narendra Modi, Modi Palestine visit, Modi in Palestine, Modi India Palestine ties, Israel Palestine conflict, jerusalem, Israel, Indian Express While there was no official response from the Ministry of External Affairs, government sources said the idea was to have adequate representation from the Indian blue-collared worker community.  (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a gathering of the Indian community in Muscat, the Congress on Monday claimed the Indian ambassador in Oman had written to Indian companies in that country, asking them to send their workers to the event, and asked the government to explain why it allowed instruments and institutions of the state to be misused for personal promotion of the PM.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma released one such letter, purportedly written by Indian ambassador Indra Mani Pandey, on January 17. The letter makes no mention of the PM’s event. It talks about the embassy’s plan to organise a “mega public event for the Indian community in Oman in the second week of February in Muscat”.

“As employees and workers of major companies in Oman represent a significant section of Indian community in Oman, we would like to have their participation in the… event. In view of your extraordinary goodwill towards India and your abiding commitment towards strengthening Oman-India friendship as well as the fact that your company employs a large number of Indians, I request you to spare at least… employees, with at least 80 per cent of them being blue collar workers for half a day (from 12.30 pm) to participate in the..event,” the letter said.

While there was no official response from the Ministry of External Affairs, government sources said the idea was to have adequate representation from the Indian blue-collared worker community. “The blue-collared workers in Oman comprise almost 6.5 lakh of the total 8 lakh Indian diaspora. The idea was to reach out to them,” a source said.

“There were two challenges to get these workers. First, since the Indian community reception required online registration, we could not have expected them to fulfil the online registration process,” the source said. The second challenge was more formidable. “Our Indian workers live in camps. They cannot step out of the camp without permission from employers. So we contacted the Indian companies to facilitate their attendance at the event,” the source added.

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  1. Suresh Patani
    Feb 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    Pappu ke paltu Modiji is PM of India people will go to his programs why you are jealous of India popularity shame on you Pappu's barker
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      -udayan Nair
      Feb 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm
      First you test your DNA and come to me for the reply.
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      -udayan Nair
      Feb 13, 2018 at 4:07 pm
      This ………... is shamelessly forcing the public to listen to his bluffs and b ers through all the mediums available on earth, though most of his speeches are repe ions of same stories. Congress is that, Congress is this, Congress has ruined India, congress is a particular family bla…bla…bla. If he could have devoted his valuable time to serve at least his own party workers (forget about India), some of them should have prayed for his wellbeing. Most of his colleagues, especially highly qualified MPs dislike his way of functioning, but could not utter a word against him for fear of being eliminated. Crores of public money is wasting in the name of tours without any purpose. Hope there will be an end, but when?
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        -udayan Nair
        Feb 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm
        This ………... is shamelessly forcing the public to listen to his bluffs and b ers through all the mediums available on earth, though most of his speeches are repe ions of same stories. Congress is that, Congress is this, Congress has ruined India, congress is a particular family bla…bla…bla. If he could have devoted his valuable time to serve at least his own party workers (forget about India), some of them should have prayed for his well-being. Most of his colleagues, especially highly qualified MPs dislike his way of functioning, but could not utter a word against him for fear of being eliminated. Crores of public money is wasting in the name of tours without any purpose. Hope there will be an end, but when?
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        1. Sankaran Krishnan
          Feb 13, 2018 at 8:20 am
          Why not the media posed the query to the Jalra Congress Leader who had started misusing the Govt. Ins utions and which party Govt. that ruled the Centre for most of the years or ask him to go and find out from his jalra leaders whoever available nearby his place or go and ask Congress President about this ???
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          1. Cherian Mani
            Feb 13, 2018 at 7:49 am
            Corrupt Congressmen had been misusing govt ins utions during 7-decades of their misrule. Now accusing BJP is nothing but hypocrisy.
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