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Updated: February 14, 2014 04:29 IST

Jaitley: U.S. shift on Modi based on assessment of domestic situation

    Sandeep Dikshit
    Smriti Kak Ramachandran
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The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress crossed swords over the U.S. ending its post-Gujarat riots hands-off policy towards Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Asked about the Ambassador Nancy Powell-Modi meeting in Gandhinagar on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Mr. Khurshid said: “Did we celebrate that he did not get a visa? Are we going to be depressed that he got the visa?”

But the U.S. Embassy made no mention of the visa issue as being among the topics of discussion between Ms. Powell and the BJP prime ministerial candidate.

Nevertheless, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Mr. Khurshid’s observation suggested “arrogance.” The party viewed the meeting as part of a diplomatic routine.

“Failure of foreign policy”

Mr. Jaitley pointed out that Mr. Modi had “convincingly” won the Assembly elections three times. “The earlier decision of some countries not to deal with him was a failure of India’s foreign policy,” he added.

On the U.S. change of tack, Mr. Jaitley said: “The decision appears to be based on its suo motu assessment of the domestic situation in India. The earlier decision did not appear to be based on any cogent evidence or court verdicts. It was based on excessive propaganda in the media and elsewhere by certain NGOs.”

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Jaitely said rightly after the assessment of domestic situation change
their strategy and decided to meet him. That earned himself by Modi
not commenting anything about on visa issue and just focused on
delivering good governance and bringing back party to power
consecutively third time. What it shows strength respects strength so
we should have Modi to lead nation for next one decade to put nation
in one of the strong nation in the world in all terms and let people
to walk keeping head on high displacing extraordinarily intellectually
capabilities and talents.

from:  RAGHAVENDRA R PAWAR
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 14:18 IST

BJP should beware of American intentions. Today they are shaking hands, tomorrow they may stab in back. Recently American politicians have made it a point to force India to stop efforts at indegenisation & force us (at gun point) to import overpriced American products. BJP should not fall before such blackmail. The Americans may use Modi's not so good international image to bully India at trade talks.

from:  Shaleen Mathur
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 09:04 IST

What else we expect from US ? I knew this would happen sooner or
later. I told my wife some time ago the same. All the rhetoric will
change once Mr modi becomes P M . Most of the west especially US have
no principles BUT only policies that too which suit them. They are
extremely malleable.

They can bend them as they suit all in the name of national interest.

Remember the uni lateral decisions and sanctions after India's nuclear
test. Then withdrawal of the same as India is becoming stronger
financially and did not care ?. same thing here too.

Now that MR MODI is likely to be PM and US needs India to counter
rising China, surely they will mould their posture in suitable
way.Again all in the name of diplomacy.

from:  DR V G
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 08:12 IST
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