Modi wants MR and neighbours at swearing in

21 May 2014 09:59 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


India's next Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to invite all heads of governments of SAARC countries for his swearing-in ceremony on May 26.

This would include Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Modi conveyed this wish of his to President Pranab Mukherjee when he met him on Tuesday.

The President seemingly welcomed it as a 'good idea' and has passed this on to the ministry of external affairs which is now examining the proposal, sources in Rastrapati Bhavan said here.

There is no recent precedent for inviting foreign heads of governments when an Indian prime minister has been sworn in, but Modi has a penchant for doing the most unusual.

SAARC nations include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Modi apparently wants to send out through this invitation a "very strong signal of a neighbour-friendly new government,” BJP sources say.

He has been engaged in some tough talk against both Pakistan and Bangladesh on issues of terrorism and illegal migration, but has later said that "election campaign and governance" are two different propositions.

The BJP has indicated that Modi will completely re-craft Indian foreign policy into a meaningful exercise after having denounced the Congress for a 'weak foreign policy'.

BJP leaders say that Modi would make clear his mind on his approach to SAARC heads of governments about the 'future direction of Indian policy' in the region.

"The message will be simple: we want to grow together. Modi will walk an extra mile for friends and do all to assuage their concerns but he will brook no nonsense and if anyone dares a Kargil, God bless the trouble-maker," said a senior leader close to Modi.
By inviting Hasina and Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa, Modi may also signal he will not tolerate 'regional interference' on foreign policy issues, though he would seek to accommodate their views on such issues.

"But he would not tolerate the kind of arm-twisting Manmohan Singh had to put up with," the leader said.

BJP president Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that about 3,000 people would be invited for Modi's oath-taking, which will be held in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace.

Only two other prime ministers - Chandra Shekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee - have been sworn in the Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt.

Others have taken oath in the historic Durbar Hall of the palace, which can only accommodate 500 people.

The BJP, along with its allies, has won 336 seats in parliament, a more than comfortable majority.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerji is still undecided whether her MPs will attend the swearing-in ceremony. (Source: bdnews24)

  Comments - 12

  • Chandra Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:49 AM

    Very true Niro!

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:33 AM

    Mody, if happens to be Moody, god bless SAARC.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:38 AM

    Modi will try to become the regional policeman, turmoil will be the name of the game.

    Punny Pellow Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:51 AM

    [quote name="sobers"]Good start.[/quote]
    A good challenge!

    Channa Thursday, 22 May 2014 02:53 AM

    Saskia, If any one dares a kilinochchi.... god help them too....

    Suq Madique Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:16 AM

    Nice one Channa.

    sobers Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:21 AM

    Good start.

    Anuradha Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:22 AM

    seems like a tough customer to handle....MR should seriously be watch out....

    kumar Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:35 AM

    Modi was refused entry into any of the western countries for the
    role he played when the Muslims were massacred in Gujarat
    in 2002. Now he has become a Prime minister he is playing an
    act of a decent man but in reality he is a typical Indian,master of
    deception and violent at heart. Sooner or later he will turn against
    the West and also Sri Lanka.

    Niro Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:43 AM

    This is a dream come true scenario. We Asians have to work together and leave no room for the western white man to interfere in our affairs. Unity among Asians is huge factor which will creates massive insecurity among white boys. They are here not because they love us but only to create problems, divide and rule us.

    Niran Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:47 AM

    Saskia, Ram and Kumar... your expert views please? We all know that you guys are very good in "key board" skills..

    Saskia Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:48 AM

    I like the following sentence:
    "he will brook no nonsense and if anyone dares a Kargil, God bless the trouble-maker"

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