PM Modi leaves 'positive impression' on foreign visits: Tharoor
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor got embroiled in another controversy by praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy on Thursday, saying he leaves a "positive impression" on his visits and that he does the "right thing" in every country he travels to.india Updated: Jul 18, 2015 09:30 IST
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor got embroiled in another controversy by praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy on Thursday, saying he leaves a "positive impression" on his visits and that he does the "right thing" in every country he travels to.
Tharoor, a former minister of state for external affairs who has earned his party's wrath before for his praise of Modi, however, said, there has been no change on India's foreign policy as the Prime Minister has been pursuing the ones framed by the previous UPA government.
"The personal energy that Mr Modi has brought to the diplomacy....he has visited 24 countries in last one year... Doing so, he does a right thing in which ever country he goes to leave a positive impression and I think that has to be acknowledged... Other thing we should acknowledge that he has done something in which I had criticised Indian governments in the past; enough of leveraging our soft power rather than nearly take it for granted," the Congress MP said, citing instances like the International Yoga Day.
Tharoor was speaking at noted scholar C Raja Mohan's launch of Book 'Modi's World, Expanding India's Sphere of Influence'.
He also said that the Prime Minister has taken a stand different from BJP on some key diplomatic issues. "The Indo-Nuclear deal...the BJP even brought an no-confidence vote...the same BJP that refused to continue any discussion about the Land Bangladesh Agreeement and has ratified. It's not just a continuation of the (UPA) policy, but a reversal of the BJP's policy, which to my mind a good indication that foreign policy is different from sitting in the South Block and sitting in Gandhinagar," he added.
Tharoor's appreciative statements on Modi came against the backdrop of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's relentless campaign against the contentious land acquisition bill and his attacks against the Prime Minister on a range of issues.
Tharoor had earlier said that in the Prime Minister "we are all seeing a master communicator at work".
Tharoor's praise of Modi a few times before has been frowned upon by Congress. Tharoor had also accepted the Prime Minister's invitation to join the 'Clean India' campaign.
First Published: Jul 18, 2015 09:27 IST