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Got some problems in legacy, says PM Modi in UAE; Congress fumes

The Congress party said it would be good if Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited a mosque in India, too.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 17, 2015 3:08 pm
UAE, modi UAE, modi UAE visit, Narendra Modi, Gulf nation, hindu temples, india news, news Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Congress on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his barb on foreign soil that he inherited “lethargy” from previous governments, saying he should have desisted from raking up domestic politics abroad.

“Prime Minister should have maintained the dignity of the high office he holds. There is no problem if he targets previous governments when he is in the country. But he should have refrained from doing so on foreign soil,” party spokesman Meem Afzal said.

Afzal said that it was not proper for Modi to rake up domestic politics abroad despite repeated uproar by the opposition for his earlier such actions.

The Prime Minister, who is the UAE, said, “I have got some problems in legacy. I cannot take only the good points and leave aside the problems… Some things were stalled due to the indecisiveness and lethargy of the governments (in the last)… It is my priority to kick-start those things”.

Noting that the Prime Minister had visited the historic Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, the world’s third largest, during the visit, Afzal said it would be good if he visited a mosque in India, too.

Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha tweeted, “It is abominable that PM Modi continues his pathetic lowbrow jibes at opposition party when abroad. A huge embarrassment.”

The Prime Minister, on a visit to attract investments from the UAE, told the business community there that all leading institutions like IMF, World Bank and Moody’s agree that India is the world’s fastest growing economy.

Afzal reminded the PM that the vast growth in the trade turnover with UAE from 160 million dollars to 60 billion dollars was mainly due to the efforts by the earlier governments, including those of the UPA.

“India receives 10 billion dollars remittances annually from 26 lakh NRIs in the UAE which invests 15 billion dollars in the Gulf country”, he said.

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    hayatlives
    Aug 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm
    Modi is always in campaign mode. He has forgotten that he needs to govern also.
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      Rahul Gandhi
      Aug 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm
      if Modi was not there country would have been like this Funny state MMS as President and Pappu PM. or Lallu ji as PM and Mulla ayyam as DPM or Anna as PM and Kejri as president or Mamata as president and Jaya as PM
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        Rahul Gandhi
        Aug 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm
        what was congress doing for last 67 years? why they didnot do anything and created this situation Modi is doing right things and bringing business for India
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          Anil
          Aug 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm
          Agreed. MODI should desist from such jibes abroad. But the Congress has been running a relentless campaign of calumny, lies and vilification against MODI for the last 14 years. And this only because he challenged the dynasty in a way no one else did-- it's gotten worse since he evicted them from their very comfortable perch. What was MAUT KA SAUDAGAR all about? Wasn't Rajiv too a MAUT KA SAUDAGAR after presiding actively over the riots in Delhi in 1984, the worst in independent India's history?
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            Ashok
            Aug 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm
            Has the congress party done anything good and dignified to be respected in the country or outside, Congress party is a curse to the country as on today.
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