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It's a fight between 3 captains: Swaraj on Sidhu's Pak visit, Amarinder Singh remark

ANI  |  Bikaner (Rajasthan) [India] 

Navjot Singh Sidhu's series of controversial statements including the recent comment on Chief has opened a pandora's box. External Affairs declined to get dragged into the quagmire saying the fight is between the three captains, Pakistan's Imran Khan, India's military and

Swaraj while addressing a press conference here on Sunday said: "This is a fight between three captains. One is a captain (Imran Khan), one is a (Captain Amarinder Singh) and another one is a captain (Rahul Gandhi). I don't want to comment more on this."

Lashing out at Rahul for questioning Narendra Modi's knowledge about Hinduism, the senior dismissed the Congress leader's claims saying that the party is diverting people's attention since they don't have an agenda in the elections.

"In Rajasthan, Congress wants to change the narrative of the election. Yesterday, said what kind of Hindu our is. They want to divert our agenda of development with such things. This is a deliberate attempt by the Congress to change the narrative of the polls," Swaraj emphasised.

The minister said that the BJP will not get cowed down by Congress tricks. She underlined that the BJP has been concentrating on development agenda in all the five poll-bound states -- Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana, while expressing confidence that the party would retain its majority in Chhattisgarh, and

Chiding the previous government for not opening suitable Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs), Swaraj said that under the Vasundhara Raje administration, 17 such offices were built thus benefitting the people of the state.

"Previously, there were only three PSKs, in Jaipur, and After we came to power, 17 PSKs were opened. One of them is in Bikaner now, where anyone can get a passport without worrying to travel a lot. I also announced earlier that by March 2019, a PSK centre would be built and opened in every constituency," Swaraj said.

Focusing on the achievements of the External Affairs ministry in the last four-and-half years, Swaraj underlined that the ministry has taken proactive steps to connect with the Indian diaspora over the world and rescued them from conflicts.

"2.30 lakh Indians have been rescued in the last four-and-half years. Out of that, six people from Bikaner were stuck in Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. In the conflict and in Kuwait, many people from this city were stranded. A tweet came, after which we sprung into action and got them back (to India)," she added.

Swaraj reiterated that she would not retire from and would not contest the next year's due to health issues. She added that on the advice of her doctors to avoid dusty areas, following her in 2016, she took the decision of not contesting the polls.

Talking about the H1B visa issue, wherein the Donald administration is proposing to give visa to most-skilled and highest-paid foreign workers, the said, "The issue was raised by me and the When their (Michael Pompeo) came here (to India), I had said that believes a non-discriminatory approach from the US on H1B visa. Prime Minister Modi and US share good relations and I am sure that he (Trump) will not take a step that will undermine India's interests."

Swaraj once again seconded that is open to talks with Islamabad, but the same can happen only in a terror-free and stable atmosphere.

She underlined that and are solving their border disputes amicably and the same has not affected the ties between the two countries.

The minister informed that Chinese is expected to pay a visit to on December 31 to hold talks with the Indian leadership.

Reiterating the reason for the hike in fuel prices in India, Swaraj said that the hike was the result of increasing fuel prices at international level. "When Prime Minister Modi met Saudi Crown (Mohammed bin Salman) at the Summit in Argentina, he (Salman) said that would continue to to India," Swaraj said.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 16:30 IST