Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday wrote a tweet targetting PM Narendra Modi over his visit to the United States for reciprocating a gesture of goodwill he had received from President Donald Trump. PM Modi during this 'Howdy', Modi! address had said elicited huge applause for Trump by saying 'Abki Baar, Trump ki Sarkar'. This was in response to Trump's video message before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in which he repeated BJP's campaigning slogan, 'Abki Baar Modi Sarkar'. PM Modi's comment was construed by the Congress as an endorsement for Donald Trump for US Presidency.
On Monday, after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted India's non-partisan stand to domestic American politics. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the term 'Abki Baar Trump Sarkar' in the Houston rally, merely referring to what the US president had used to endear himself to the Indian American community during his presidential campaign. Rahul Gandhi tweeted thanking that EAM S Jaishankar for covering for PM Modi's 'incompetence'. He again reiterated Congress' stand that PM Modi's remark led to issues between India and members of the Democratic party. Targetting PM Modi further, he took a dig at him and asked the EAM to teach the Prime Minister about diplomacy.'
"Thank you Mr Jaishankar for covering up our PM’s incompetence. His fawning endorsement caused serious problems with the Democrats for India. I hope it gets ironed out with your intervention. While you’re at it, do teach him a little bit about diplomacy," he tweeted.
Jaishankar strongly refuted the notion that the Prime Minister used the phrase to endorse Trump's candidature for his 2020 re-election campaign. "No, he did not say that", the minister said when asked during a news conference with Indian journalists about the implication of the Prime Minister purportedly using the slogan in his Houston address. "I think, please, look very carefully at what the prime minister said. My recollection of what the prime minister said was that candidate Trump had used this (Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar)", so PM is talking about the past. "I don't think we should, honestly, misinterpret what was said. I don't think you're doing a good service to anybody, Jaishankar said in response to the question.
With PTI inputs.