Pak PM's 'Yes' Makes Saffron Party Happy

Published: 25th May 2014 08:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2014 08:46 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The BJP has welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony here on Monday. “It’s very good news,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Justifying the invitation to SAARC leaders, the saffron party said the move was aimed at showcasing the strength of Indian democracy and requested the critics not to watch it through the prism of bilateral issues.

 “The invitation to leaders of SAARC nations is to showcase Indian democracy and its strength to the world at large. It should not be viewed through the prism of bilateral issues,” said senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

The Congress, however, remained cold to the invite. “Hope the BJP stays true to position they took for the past 10 years against Pakistan and raises important issues,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

 His party colleague J P Agarwal was even more caustic. “Modi should have asked Sharif to get Dawood along, as the BJP was making a lot of noise about it during the poll campaign,” he  said. Meanwhile, the JD(U) welcomed the invite to  Pakistan PM.


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