Miliband’s Amethi trip ‘highly undiplomatic’: BJP

January 15th, 2009 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) It was meant to be a crash course on India’s rural life, but British Foreign Secretary David Miliband’s trip to Amethi with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi was Thursday dubbed “highly undiplomatic” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Miliband was in Amethi, Gandhi’s constituency about 80 km from Lucknow, Wednesday and Thursday. The British leader spent a night in the house of a Dalit and interacted with villagers with help from Gandhi.

“While the world is aware that India is in the general election mode, we have an interesting situation of Miliband visiting Amethi with Rahul Gandhi for country sight seeing. This is highly undiplomatic,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said here.

“It seems that he preferred to ignore the political realities, and the desirability of his visit to Amethi at this point of time is certainly questionable,” Rudy added.

The Congress defended Miliband’s visit.

“Our general secretary feels that the marginalised rural section of India should be brought to the mainstream. He took Miliband to his constituency to show him the efforts made by the government to achieve this,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said.

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