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It's quixotic: Cong wonders why Modi hosted Abe in Gujarat and not Delhi

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari hoped state visit was not being used for 'political purposes' in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to be held later this year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Manish Tewari
File photo of Manish Tewari

The on Wednesday raised questions over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state visit to Ahmedabad and not the country's capital and hoped it would not be used for political purposes in view of the forthcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

spokesperson said it was "quixotic" that Abe was not being hosted in

"We do not want to transgress propriety by commenting on a state visit but it is rather quixotic that the Prime Minister of a country as important as Japan, who is almost India's strategic partner in many respects, is strangely not even being hosted in Delhi," he said.

He hoped a state visit was not being used for "political purposes" in view of the elections in Gujarat, slated to be held later this year.

"With an in Gujarat around the corner, it does raise a question — and I hope this is not the case — that a state visit is actually being used for political purposes because the manner in which it is structured is rather awkward," he told reporters here.

Tewari said had a great relationship with Japan and that relationship, its foundations and consolidation had been laid during the UPA regime.

Prime Minister with Japanese Prime Minister and his wife Akie Abe paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad (Photo: PTI)
Japanese Prime Minister Abe arrived here today on a two- day visit with a packed agenda that includes the laying of the foundation stone for India's first between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Tewari also criticised the government over the handling of the Rohingyas issue and said the criticism had been subjected to by the United Nations Human Rights Council was "absolutely unprecedented".

"The stand which this government has taken on the Rohingyas is totally contrary to India's traditions where we have welcomed the persecuted from any part of our neighbourhood," he said.

He said had not faced "this kind of ignominy".

"So, therefore, you can be critical of (vice president) Rahul Gandhi, but I think the time has come for the NDA-BJP Government and the Prime Minister to introspect that mere speeches and road shows with leaders of other countries do not substitute for diplomacy," Tewari said.

On Gandhi's recent remarks in the US about being ready to take over as the party chief, he said the was a democratic party and an organisational process was on.

"You don't second guess an organisational process. It will culminate logically in what the aspirations and the desires of the workers are," he said.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 09:23 IST