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‘Thank you Mr Jaishankar for covering up our PM’s incompetence:’ Rahul Gandhi on ‘Trump Sarkar’ comment

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said PM Modi used the phrase ‘Ab Ki 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.

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Congress Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi has launched a searing attack on Prime Minister for his ‘Trump Sarkar’ comments after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar justified PM’s comments.

In a tweet, Gandhi said, “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.”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the phrase ‘Ab Ki 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.

Currently on a three-day trip to Washington DC, Jaishankar asserting India’s non-partisan stand vis-à-vis domestic American politics strongly refuted the notion that the prime minister used the phrase to endorse Trump’s candidature for his 2020 re-election campaign.

“No, he (PM) 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 Sarkar). 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.

At the mega “Howdy, Modi” event on September 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a tacit backing for US President Donald Trump who is seeking re-election, saying ‘Abki Baar Trump Sarkar’ in front of nearly 50,000 Indian-Americans.

“I admire President Trump for his sense of leadership, passion for America and concern for every American,” the Prime Minister had said.

“And he has already made the American economy strong again. He has achieved much for the US and for the world. Friends, we in India have connected well with America.

“The words of President Trump, ‘Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar’, rang loud and clear,” said PM Modi, pausing strategically, after saying “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”.

“I mean, he (Modi) was pretty clear what he was talking about. He was saying, this is what you said as a candidate, which showed that you were trying to, (connect with India and its people even as a candidate),” Jaishankar said.

“We have a very non-partisan (approach to domestics US politics). So, our sort of approach to whatever happens in this country is their politics, not our politics,” Jaishankar said.