Setting politics aside, Congressman Milind Deora was effusive in his praise of the Howdy Modi event. But this has not gone down too well with the Congress as it feels he has not followed the party’s view on the issue.
Bengaluru: Political foes need not be foes in every other aspect. When it comes to national issues and national interests, politicians need to bury their narrowminded views and stand up for the country. This is precisely what Congress leader Milind Deora did. He praised Modi for his historic speech at the Howdy Modi event.
.@PMOIndia’s Houston address was a momentous first for India’s soft power diplomacy.— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 22, 2019
My father Murlibhai was one of the early architects of deeper Indo-US ties.@realDonaldTrump’s hospitality & recognition of Indian Americans’ contributions makes us proud
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his reactions on the issue.
Thank you @milinddeora.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 23, 2019
You are absolutely correct when you highlight my friend, late Murli Deora Ji’s commitment to strong ties with USA. He would have been really glad to see the strengthening of ties between our nations.
The warmth and hospitality of @POTUS was outstanding. https://t.co/eyP1D3xRJo
Later, Kiren Rijiju, a minister in the Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet expressed his pleasure at Milind Deora’s appreciation of the Prime Minister.
A matured & honest political comment by my dear friend @milinddeora 👏— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 23, 2019
Dare to be honest and fear no labor. "Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom" ~ Charles Caleb Colton https://t.co/YdSCL90LQl
While Milind’s gesture won him plaudits, his own party members are not happy with the way he has praised the Prime Minister.
Setting the record straight, he said, "My late father worked closely with Indian Prime Ministers and US presidents - cutting across party lines - in the spirit of bipartisanship... Fortunately, politics at the time was not as confrontational and ungracious as it is today."
He also was very categorical in his approach to issues of national importance.
He added, "For those who have already imagined and chartered my forward path, I wish to give you one unambiguous answer: I will serve my country to the best of my ability and I will remain bipartisan when it comes to issues of national interest and foreign policy... I am my father's son... I will not compromise on my core beliefs even though politics continues to become increasingly uncharitable and partisan."
These reactions by the Congressman have also led to the rumours that he might quit the party and join the BJP. Recently, after the Mumbai drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, he resigned as the Mumbai chief of the Congress.
It is also reported that he was the first to “muddy the waters” as he suggested the names of Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia for Congress president.
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Last Updated Sep 24, 2019, 5:24 PM IST