Modi's US visit disappointing, no takeaways: Congress

  •, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 00:01 IST

The Congress on Wednesday termed “disappointing on outcomes” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, saying there were “no major takeaways” from the “much-hyped” trip.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma also accused the Prime Minister of “hurting” the dignity of the post by “belittling” the previous Indian governments on a foreign soil.

“It is a matter of concern for any political party or the nation if someone believes everything good has happened only during his time. We wonder whether he had gone there on an election campaign or was suddenly reminded of his parliamentary constituency Varanasi,” he said.

Claiming that Modi spoke during the visit as if he was still in the “campaign mode”, Sharma said an “atmosphere of a grand event was created with the help of cheerleaders many of whom were brought from India”.

Sharma said the visit was expected to see some concrete decision on signing the Indo-US nuclear accord, resolution of the issue of H1 B visa besides the totalisation agreement.

“Nothing was done. The Prime Minister’s visit was disappointing. Nothing happened, which brought any new turn in the Indo-US relations...when you look at the outcomes, it is definitely disappointing,” he said and quoted BJP patriarch L K Advani to conclude that Modi is a very good “event-manager”.

Sharma’s colleague Captain Amarinder Singh said Modi’s stand on economy was “vague at best and self contradictory at worst”.

He asked the Prime Minister to spell out to the nation as what new and fresh he achieved for the country from his recent US visit.

“Let us see how much fresh investment has been promised and how much is delivered,”he added.

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