Congress speaks up, threatens to hit back at PM Modi from foreign soil

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2015 01:26 IST

The Congress on Friday threatened action against PM Modi to counter him on foreign soil if he attacked previous governments during visits abroad.

“We cannot tolerate such unbecoming behaviour any longer. Henceforth, if he does so on foreign soil, a Congress leader will be present there and will respond immediately,” party spokesman Anand Sharma said.

Charging that Modi had “lowered the dignity of the prime minster’s office and “insulted the nation with his “unceremonious conduct on a foreign soil”, the Congress said he must “apologise” to the people of this country.

PM Modi, while speaking at an event in Canada on Thursday, had accused the previous governments of creating a “mess” in the country. “The PM should realise that he goes abroad as the Prime Minister of the country and not as a ‘pracharak’ of the BJP and RSS,” Sharma said.

The Congress also took “strong objection” to the PM’s claim of being the first Indian prime minister in 42 years to visit Canada, reminding him of ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s three-day visit to Canada in June 2010.

“On (Stephen) Harper’s invitation, Manmohan Singh went to Canada in 2010. It was a state visit, and the two released a joint statement after their bilateral engagements,” Sharma told reporters here while flashing a copy of the joint communique.

(With agency inputs)

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