Adani, not Sushma, seems to be foreign minister: Shakeel Ahmad

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 25, 2015 20:18 IST

The AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmad on Monday held that billionaire Gautam Adani appeared to be India's foreign minister instead of Sushma Swaraj as it was the former who was always seen with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his foreign visists.

Ahmad, who is also the party's national spokesperson, was in the city as a part of Congress' pan-india campaign to disseminate the party's reaction to one year of the Modi-led NDA government's rule.

He was accompanied by state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and Punjab Congress general secretary Fateh Jung Bajwa.

Ahmad, who is also the Punjab and Haryana in-charge, further said that it was shocking to see Modi insulting the country as well as Congress leaders abroad.

"No other PM has disappointed the people of the country as much as Modi because of the promises made before the Lok Sabha polls and taking the country backward," he alleged and added that the growth rate of all the core sectors as well as the value of the rupee against the dollar had fallen like never before.

Highlighting irregularities in Gujarat government and against Union minister Nitin Gadkari pointed out by comptroller auditor general (CAG), Ahmad said that it was also surprising that Modi had turned a blind eye towards the opinion of his own party leaders like Arun Shourie who had termed as his budget as directionless.

Rain of queries on Capt, Hooda

Interestingly enough, Ahmad faced a volley of questions pertaining to the bickering in the party units of Haryana and Punjab despite his polite and repeated refusal to take them. He held that he was given a duty to interact with newspersons as a party spokesman and not as AICC general secretary or the incharge of the two states, though the newspersons flatly ignored his take and rained questions on him in the context till he agreed to talk on the issues separately after the press conference.

Later he held that the talks about differences between party president Partap Singh Bajwa and former Congress chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh were over two months old and there was none as on today. Likewise, on Haryana unit, he held that the event announced by party chief Ashok Tanwar was the party function and the one announced by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his own. ``Any party worker holding any programme to decry Modi or state BJP government is welcome'', he added.

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