A day after the Congress attacked the Narendra Modi-led government for the “embarrassment” in Seoul over the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership bid, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to further criticise the Modi.
“NSG: How to lose a negotiation by Narendra Modi,” Gandhi posted early on Saturday morning, with the hashtag ‘failed Modi diplomacy’.
NSG: How to lose a negotiation by Narendra Modi #FailedModiDiplomacy— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 24, 2016
India, which had been lobbying for months to join the nuclear group, was left disappointed on Friday when China successfully managed to block the bid. Arguing on technicality, China led the opposition, rallying others among the 48-nation group. The NSG – which works on consensus and thus requires all members to agree to a new entrant – is significant as it gives countries access to nuclear technology and facilitates trade.
As member nations debated on India’s bid and left the matter undecided during the NSG’s plenary session in Seoul, the main opposition here at home used the opportunity to attack Modi.
“We do not know why India showed its desperation and allowed the country to be equated with Pakistan on the issue of NSG membership,” Congress’ senior spokesman Anand Sharma said on Friday.
“It’s high time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi realises that diplomacy requires gravitas, depth and seriousness. PM Modi needs to realise diplomacy needs depth not public tamasha,” he said.
“The world saw the PM make a spectacle of himself and India. Now India faces embarrassment unnecessarily.”
The issue adds to the Congress’ ammunition as parties gear up for assembly elections next year, especially in the politically significant Uttar Pradesh. In the latest round of assembly elections this April-May, the BJP had a good show, forming the state government in Assam, a hitherto Congress bastion. In Kerala, the grand old party faced drubbing from the left while BJP managed to open its account a first time.
At this point, Modi and the BJP have already put in motion their campaign plans for Uttar Pradesh while the Congress is still scrambling to put together a formidable plan.