Hitting back at the Congress, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu sought to know why the party was getting “unnecessarily perturbed” over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in the US today since he did not mention anyone’s name in his address.
“Prime Minister has not taken name of any party or person. Then why should Congress get disturbed? Perturbed? We are not able to understand. Prime Minister during his visits, has been explaining the situation, developments in India to the Indian diaspora. Nobody should have any objection over that,” he told reporters here.
The Congress has slammed Modi for his veiled attack at the party in the US, saying they were “ashamed” of his behaviour on foreign soil.
Modi also attacked the Congress President’s son-in-law Robert Vadra over alleged corruption charges during his address to the Indian community in California today.
“If he (Modi) takes the name of a party or a person, then one needs to react or respond. He has not taken any name. Why is Congress getting unnecessarily disturbed,” Naidu said.
Modi’s US visit is a new milestone and the world is seeing him as a “reformer, performer and transformer”, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.
On criticism of Modi’s frequent visits abroad, Naidu said the tours have helped India in a big way and that the previous Prime Ministers too had visited foreign countries extensively.
“We can feel that those making such criticism do not have knowledge of history. It would be good if they check how many visits prime ministers made earlier and how many days they toured,” he said.
To a question on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is also on a US visit, Naidu said it is not a big issue for the nation to be discussed.
Referring to the announcements made by top companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook for India, he said the initiatives will help the country.
“Google will help India set up base for free Internet broadband through hotspot wi-fi at 500 railway stations. Microsoft will provide low-cost broadband technology to five lakh villages across India. Apple promises to set up manufacturing base in India. All this is going to help the country,” he said.
Modi is proving to be a real ‘Maker of Developed India’, Naidu said.
Observing that the world is looking at India with hopes, he said, the opposition should join hands with the government and extend constructive support to certain legislations.