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Amidst Opposition’s boycott decision, PM Modi cites presence of all political parties at his Sydney event | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his arrival from the three-nation visit on Thursday said that the Indian diaspora event in Sydney was not only attended by the Australian PM but also by former PM, MPs from opposition parties, and the ruling party.
“This is the strength of democracy. All of them together participated in this program of the Indian community,” the prime minister said, apparently a subtle response to 20 opposition parties decision to boycott the inauguration of the new parliament building on May 28. The prime minister was speaking at the welcome event organised by the BJP near Delhi airport where hundreds of BJP workers including elected representatives reached early morning to welcome the prime minister.
The prime minister said today the world wants to know what India is thinking. “I want to tell you that While speaking about the culture and great tradition of India, never get immersed in slavery mentality, speak with courage. The world is eager to listen. The world agrees with me when I say that attack on our pilgrimage sites is not acceptable,” Modi said.
The prime minister said, “When I talk about the culture of my country, I look into the eyes of the world. This confidence has come because you have formed a government with an absolute majority in the country. Those who have come here are people who love India, not PM Modi.”
Referring to a few parties’ objections to Indian vaccines being sent to foreign countries, the prime minister said, “The people here asked me why I gave the vaccines to the world. I want to say that this is the land of Buddha, Gandhi. We care even for our enemies… Today the world wants to know what India is thinking.” About release of Tok Pisin during his visit, the prime minister said, “Tamil language is our language. It is the language of every Indian. It is the oldest language in the world. I had the opportunity to release the Tok Pisin translation of the book ‘Thirukkural’ in Papua New Guinea.”
Speaking on the occasion, external Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the PM of Papua New Guinea said that for him the PM is ‘Vishwa Guru‘. “Australian PM called PM Modi ‘The Boss’… Today the world is seeing a new India because of the leadership of PM Modi,” Jaishankar said.
Party president JP Nadda, who was among the leaders present at the Palam airport, said, “The way the PM of Papua New Guinea touched your feet, it shows how much respect you have there. People of India feel proud when they see that our PM is being welcomed like this.” Modi received a warm welcome as people chant ‘Modi-Modi’ upon his arrival in Delhi after concluding his three-nation visit.

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