New Delhi, Jul 17: In an unusual gesture, senior parliamentarian and Biju Janata Dal member Bhartruhari Mahtab on Wednesday urged the lawmakers that when it comes to foreign policy and safeguarding India's interests in the comity of nation, every MP should speak out in a unity of purpose.
"I urge upon this House to extend full support to our Prime Minister's (Narendra Modi) endeavour in this regard (foreign policy) and we should speak in one voice," the lawmaker from Cuttack in Odisha said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.
Speaking immediately after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a brief statement that not only India-China border, for the entire international border the country should feel assured and safe and asserted that both the countries are respecting the existing agreements to maintain peace and tranquility at the border, Mr Mahtab said Mr Modi and Chinese President Xi JInping are likely to hold their second Informal Summit at Varanasi in October.
Mr Mahtab, who was given the Best Parliamentarian Award of 2017, said Prime Minister Modi will also meet the US President Donald Trump in September during his visit to address the UN General Assembly.
"...There is unanimity in the political sphere.. Therefore, I urge upon this House to extend full support to our Prime Minister's (Modi) endeavour in this regard and we should speak in one voice in this difficult time to further our national interest," he said. Biju Janata Dal member said at the G20 meet between Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump, it was emphasised that both sides will maintain good relations despite some differences. (UNI)