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No tangible outcomes of US visit to justify the BJP celebration: Cong
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No tangible outcomes of US visit to justify the BJP celebration: Cong

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New Delhi, Sep 29 : Expressing disappointment that the much hyped meeting of Prime Minister Modi with US President Trump has failed to meet India’s expectations, the Congress on Sunday said. There were no tangible outcomes of the visit that would justify the huge celebration by the BJP, AICC spokesperson and chairman of the foreign affairs department Anand Sharma added.

The Congress, however, expressed agreement with the stand taken by the Prime Minister and the government on Pakistan and the continuing threat of terrorism. It also condemned the provocative and preposterous statement made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the UN General Assembly.

The Congress statement said: ''Congress Party notes with disappointment that the much hyped meeting of Prime Minister Modi with US President Trump has failed to meet India’s expectations despite the public display of bonhomie and special friendship at the Huston ‘Howdy Modi’ extravaganza. There were no tangible outcomes of the visit which would justify the BJP celebration. Prime Minister was unsuccessful in persuading US President Trump to restore the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) for Indian exports to US markets, withdrawal of reduction in number of H1-B visas for Indian professionals and steep hike in fee.''
Mr Sharma said that the failure to conclude the trade deal has caused disappointment in the Indian industry and exporters weighed down by the recession in our economy.
''India and US are strategic partners and the relationship is one of special importance for both the countries. It must embrace the core issues- political, economic and technological of India’s interests in strengthening a robust partnership,''Mr Sharma said.

On PM Modi’s meetings with other heads of states and governments at the UNGA, he said, ''PM Modi’s meetings with other heads of states and governments at the UNGA were a routine affair and were part of standard practice at the UNGA. They do not have a special significance as is claimed by the government-BJP propaganda. The BJP euphoria on PM’s visit is misplaced and there is no cause for celebration.''

He, however, expressed agreement with the stand taken by the Prime Minister and the government on Pakistan and the continuing threat of terrorism. ''Congress Party is in complete agreement with the stand taken by the Prime Minister and the government on Pakistan and the continuing threat of terrorism. We congratulate the PM for reiterating India’s firm and consistent position that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and its accession is final and irrevocable. We endorse the official position that all issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir are India’s internal affairs and there is no question of any third party meddling,''he said.

The Congress condemned the provocative and preposterous statement made by Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the UNGA.

''It was aimed at misleading international opinion using falsehood and fabrication of facts to defame India. The language of Pakistan PM was unbecoming of a Prime Minister and has no place in any civilised discourse,'' Mr Sharma said.He said that the Prime Minister should share the government assessment of his visit with the leaders of the political parties.

''Congress Party will appreciate that the Prime Minister shares the government assessment of his visit with the leaders of the political parties. PM seems to be carried away by his own propaganda and disconnected with the harsh ground realities of deepening economic crisis, falling investments, crashing industrial production, loss of jobs and wages and collapsing demand and consumption. It's high time that the government brings back focus on real issues and not deflect by engaging in boastful campaign propaganda,'' Mr Sharma said. (UNI)