New Delhi, July 29 (UNI) BJP has sought to counter Congress allegation that huge money from the state exchequer has been spent in last four years during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign visits.
“Don’t be misled by propaganda on PM Narendra Modi’s foreign visits,” BJP’s official twitter handle said in a missive.
Giving a comparison, it released a ‘fact sheet’ stating that from 2014-18, Prime Minister Modi has made 36 foreign trips and spent 155 days abroad resulting in expenditure of Rs 387.24 crore and on the other hand in between 2009 and 2013, the then PM Dr Manmohan Singh had made 31 foreign trips.
It also claimed that Dr Singh made foreign stay of 131 days in those four years and the trips had cost the country Rs 386.35 crore.
In fact, on July 19, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (Retd) V K Singh informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply that – “The objective of PM’s visits abroad has been to enhance mutual understanding and to strengthen our relations with these countries across a wide range of sectors including trade, investment, technology, development partnership and to enhance people-to-people ties”.
He also pointed out that the diplomatic outreach during this period has included first-ever visits from India to several countries at the Head of Government level.
“This outreach has inter alia led to enhanced engagement of our foreign partners in Government’s flagship programmes of national development,” Gen Singh said.