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Congress Accuses PM Modi of Campaigning for Trump, Says it Violates 'Time Honoured Principle'

In a series of tweets, Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said PM Modi was in the US as India's prime minister, and not a star campaigner in the US elections.

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Updated:September 23, 2019, 12:27 PM IST
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Congress Accuses PM Modi of Campaigning for Trump, Says it Violates 'Time Honoured Principle'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump walk the perimeter of the arena floor to greet attendants after Modi's speech during the ‘Howdi Modi’ event on September 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

New Delhi: The Congress has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of violating Indian foreign policy's "time honoured principle" of not interfering in the domestic elections of another country by campaigning for US President Donald Trump at the HowdyModi event in Houston.

In a series of tweets, Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma said Modi was in the US as India's prime minister, and not a star campaigner in the US elections.

"Mr Prime Minister, you have violated the time honoured principle of Indian foreign policy of not interfering in the domestic elections of another country. This is a singular disservice to the long-term strategic interests of India," Sharma said on Twitter after the Howdy Modi event in Texas on Sunday night.

"Our relationship with the United States of America have throughout been bipartisan, vis--vis Republicans and Democrats. Your actively campaigning for Trump is a breach of both India and America as sovereign nations and democracies," he added.

Sharma's party colleague, P Chidambaram, who is in Tihar jail on charges of alleged corruption, also took a dig at the prime minister over his "Everything is fine in India" remark in Houston.

"Bharat mai sab achha hai. Except for unemployment, loss of existing jobs, lower wages, mob violence, lockdown in Kashmir and throwing Opposition leaders in prison," Chidambaram tweeted through his family. PTI SKC

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