After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stellar performance in New York which turned heads across the US, there is a rush among MPs to be part of the Indian delegation at the UN.
Every year, New Delhi sends select number of parliamentarians as delegates to the United Nations after the Prime Minister wraps up his interactions and event at the UN General Assembly. They participate in different UN conventions on variety of subjects.
Prime Minister’s Office, external affairs and parliamentary affairs ministry decides on the list of delegates to be sent to New York to represent India in a bid to build further on the goodwill.
Sources added that several MPs, cutting across party lines have lobbied to be a part of the Indian parliamentary delegation at the UN. BJP’s estranged ally JD(U), Trinamool Congress, Congress, BSP, TDP, YSR Congress and many smaller parties have expressed their interest.
The government will sponsor 30 MPs in two batches for the UN trip. The first batch is set to go on Tuesday and the next batch will go after two weeks.
“More than 50 MPs including senior Opposition MPs have enquired about their nomination and met senior ministers to push their case. This year, their interest is much higher than on previous occasions,” said a parliamentary source.
Although the basic list is prepared on the basis of the strength of parties in the two Houses of parliament, the final list depends on the discretion of the top authority as the nominee’s ability to represent India at the top international forum is also judged. Sources added that the government also tries to ensure that Opposition leaders do not voice opinions contradicting the government’s line and policy at the world body.
In the initial list, names from CPI(M), JD(U), BSP and smaller parties were missing.
This year, Modi’s presence—especially after the Madison Square Garden event—has already generated a lot of interest about the new government and India at the international forum and many MPs see this opportunity to bask in the Modi-glory.