NEW DELHI — Delhi chief minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s frequent foreign tours wondering whether it suited his stature to visit companies for investments.
“PM Modi’s US trip ends. Time to ponder what has country achieved from his foreign trips so far? Does it suit the stature of an Indian PM to visit individual cos seeking investments?” the Delhi Chief Minister said in a series of tweets, according to NDTV.
Coming up with “Make India” against PM Modi’s “Make in India”, Mr Kejriwal tweeted: “Chinese first built China and then all corporate giants vied to invest in China. So, lets first Make India. If we make India strong, investments will come at our terms, else investors will dictate terms.”
Kejriwal has been targeting Modi’s flagship project aimed at making India the manufacturing hub of the world; he says infrastructure development is more important.
The ruling BJP said it was “surprising” that Kejriwal had asked in tweets what the prime minister had achieved.
“Such tweets should not be made by the chief minister of a state while the PM is on a visit, it sends a wrong message. The visit of the PM to Silicon Valley and many other tech offices brought a new understanding of technology,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.
Modi returns Tuesday after a five-day visit to New York and California, where he met top American CEOs and visited the headquarters of internet giants like Google and Facebook.
Kejriwal was not the only critic who commented on Modi’s visit on twitter.
“Oh the irony of listening to the PM talking about digital India while we in J&K spent 3 days totally disconnected due to his party & allies,” said former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a comment that was retweeted by Kejriwal.
Abdullah was referring to the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to ban internet temporarily amid protests over a beef ban.