UK govt warms up to Modi

The last day of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Vivekanand Yuva Vikas yatra ended on a positive note. He tweeted “it’s better late than never,” referring to a UK government decision, being perceived as their effort to warm up to Modi.

According to a statement by the British High Commission, UK will work towards normalising
ties with Gujarat. It also said the British high commissioner will visit Gujarat to increase engagement with the state.

The announcement by the British Deputy Foreign Minister Hugo Swire comes as a welcome development, given the numerous connections between the people and institutions of Gujarat and the UK.

“This move by the UK government is a welcome decision for the people of the state and the country,’’ said Gujarat government spokesman Jaynarayan Vyas. He said development in the state was being recognised by everyone but the Congress, adding that the UK government’s decision will bring more investors to the state.

Earlier, at a rally in the religious town of Pavagadh, Modi said: “What the Prime Minister of India has not been able to do,  UK did, i.e, admit the development of the state.’’

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