"You are absolutely correct when you highlight my friend, late Murli Deora Ji’s commitment to strong ties with USA. He would have been really glad to see the strengthening of ties between our nations," the prime minister said in a reply to former Congress Maharashtra chief Milind Deora.
Deora had praised PM Modi for his address in Houston and recalled the contribution of his father Murlibhai in Indo-US ties.
"PM Modi's Houston address was a momentous first for India’s soft power diplomacy. My father Murlibhai was one of the early architects of deeper Indo-US ties. Donald Trump’s hospitality and recognition of Indian Americans’ contributions makes us proud," Deora had tweeted.
The Congress leader was later lauded by Union minister Kiren Rijiju, who praised Deora for his "matured and honest political comment".
A matured & honest political comment by my dear friend @milinddeora 👏— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 23, 2019
Dare to be honest and fear no labor. "Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom" ~ Charles Caleb Colton https://t.co/YdSCL90LQl
Receiving thumbs-up from two BJP leaders, Deora was quick to reply.
Thank you @narendramodi ji!— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 23, 2019
Murlibhai put nation first & worked with all governments in India & the US to deepen ties between our great countries.
In my many interactions with my Democrat & Republican friends, they, too, acknowledge India’s leadership in the 21st century https://t.co/AXbEb6ZDtK
Thank you, Kiren. I have always believed that Foreign Policy should be divorced from partisan politics https://t.co/6irBo17HFW— Milind Deora मिलिंद देवरा (@milinddeora) September 23, 2019
Deora, who was the Maharashtra chief of Congress resigned from the post, after the party's debacle in Lok Sabha elections this year.