PM Modi attacks previous govts in UAE, Congress hits back

  • PTI, Masdar/New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2015 19:24 IST
PM Modi with UAE's Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohd bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, 16 August, 2015. (Picture courtsey: @MEAIndia)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again attacked previous governments from foreign soil on Monday, saying that some things have been stalled due to the "indecisiveness and lethargy" and his priority is to kickstart them. Congress took no time to slam Modi, calling the attack as his "pathetic lowbrow jibes" and "abominable".

Addressing the business leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Masdar City of the Gulf country, Modi said, "I have got some problems in legacy. I cannot take only the good points and leave aside the problems... Some things were stalled due to the indecisiveness and lethargy of the governments (in the last)... It is my priority to kickstart those things," he said.

Reacting to this, Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha tweeted, "It is abominable that PM Modi continues his pathetic lowbrow jibes at opposition party when abroad. A huge embarrassment."

Modi had earlier attacked Congress and its previous governments during his trips to China and Canada, for which he was slammed by the opposition party.

Another Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said it was not proper for Modi to rake up domestic politics abroad despite repeated uproar by the opposition for his earlier such actions. "The Prime Minister should have maintained dignity of the high office he holds. There is no problem if he targets previous governments when he is in the country. But he should have refrained from doing so on foreign soil," he said.

Afzal reminded the PM that the vast growth in the trade turnover with UAE from $160mn to $60bn was mainly due to the efforts by the earlier governments, including those of the UPA. "India receives $10bn remittances annually from 26 lakh NRIs in the UAE which invests $15bn in the Gulf country", he said.

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