Defending the move to engage with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, European Union’s Ambassador to India Joao Carvinho said that the trading bloc had “respect for the judicial and political process here”.
The EU formally engaged with Modi in January last year. “Our position is to respect the judicial and political processes here. We have no issue whatsoever with the competence and capacity of the Indian judicial system,” he said. He said that Modi, who was declared the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in September 2013, was a “person of great prominence in the political scene”. “So, of course, we are interested in knowing his views, seeing what plans he has if he comes to power,” he said.