Modi calls upon Indian-origin lawmakers

Modi calls upon Indian-origin lawmakers

Modi calls upon Indian-origin lawmakers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday tacitly countered Congress President Rahul Gandhi's barbs, as he urged Indian diaspora to uphold to the world his government's "Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas" (Together with All, Development for All) philosophy.

Modi called upon Indian diaspora to spread India's message of religious and communal harmony to counter the menace of radicalism and extremism around the world.

"Amid growing concerns over radicalism and extremism around the world, you can reiterate India's message of Sarba Panth Samabhaba (respect to all faiths)," Prime Minister said after inaugurating a conference of Indian-origin mayors and parliamentarians in foreign nations around the world.

Prime Minister made the appeal just a day after Congress president used his speech to another congregation of Indian diaspora held in Bahrain to accuse the government led by Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi of dividing people of India on the basis of caste and religion.

"While ideological differences are dividing world community, you can spread India's message of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas," Modi told 134 PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) parliamentarians and mayors, who assembled in New Delhi from 24 countries around the world to attend the conference.

The one-day conclave at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi was the first such initiative by the Ministry of External Affairs to reach out to the PIO lawmakers and mayors around the world.

Prime Minister Modi addressed the conference just a day after Congress president told Indian-origin people around the world that India was in a "serious problem" and they were "part of the solution".

Modi, however, did not refer to Rahul's speech at the conference of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin in Bahrain.

He rather spoke about the achievements of his government in the last three-and-a-half years.

He asked the PIO lawmakers in particular and the PIOs in general to be partners in India's development and act as catalysts in the economic growth of the country.

Prime Minister subtly took a dig at the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government. "There was a time when people thought no development could happen in India and nothing would change," he said, stating that his government had introduced far-reaching reforms in every sector of economy to transform India.

"If the world has changed its view about India in the past three or four years, it is because India itself has changed," the prime minister said.

He noted that a record $60 billion of Foreign Direct Investment came into the country last year.

"India is changing, India is transforming. India has moved far ahead and hopes aspiration of people of India are at their peaks and you will see the result of change in every sphere," said Modi.

Rahul on Monday criticized Modi government's economic policies, highlighting job losses and lack of new employment opportunities.

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