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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology over BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav’s tweets about Vice President Hamid Ansari’s absence from the Yoga Day event but AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik said the leader had apologised and the matter should be put to rest.
Congress accused the Bharartiya Janata Party of playing divisive politics and sought the Prime Minister’s apology over Madhav’s tweets taking a jibe at Ansari’s absence. He had, however, later deleted the posts.

“Prime Minister and the BJP general secretary must apologise on this issue. The Vice President was not invited due to protocol. It was an effort to malign him,” senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a press conference.

His colleague Jairam Ramesh was more critical, saying: “Ram Madhav’s comment shows that polarisation was the intention behind Yoga Day.”

“Communal polarisation is the only thing Modi knows. The obnoxious comments by Ram Madhav is a deliberate attempt at polarisation,” he added.

However, Naik defended the government’s stand on not inviting Ansari to the celebrations at Rajpath, citing protocol.

“We can’t invite the Vice President when the Prime Minister is the chief guest,” he told reporters.

On the Congress demand for an apology, he said there was no need for the government to give an apology to the Vice President as the remarks were made by an individual.

“It is individual issue. He has apologised,” Naik told.

The controversy sparked off after tweets from Madhav questioned the Vice President’s absence.

“Two questions. Did RS TV that runs on tax-payers money completely blackout Yoga Day event? While President participated VP gave a miss,” Madhav tweeted on Sunday evening, when the government was celebrating the International Yoga Day event as a success.

However, in another tweet, Madhav said, “I am informed that the VP was unwell. I withdrew my tweet. My apologies because the institution of VP deserves respect.”

Both tweets were deleted later.

The Vice President’s office later clarified that he was not unwell but had not been invited for the programme.

It said the Vice President only attends those programmes in which the Minister concerned invites him as per protocol.

(IANS)

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Narendra Modi to Inaugurate Abu Dhabi’s First Hindu Temple

As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai

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will also hold a meeting there with the Indian community. Wikimedia Commons
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On his next visit to the United Arab Emirates as part of his West Asia tour starting 9 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating first-ever Hindu temple to be constructed in Abu Dhabi as reported by Economic Times.

During Modi’s visit to the oil-rich nation in 2015, around 20,000 square metres of land was allotted for the construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba.

According to the records, UAE is home to as many as 2.6 million Indians, who form around 30 percent of the total population of the country. As of now, there is only one Hindu temple located in UAE, which is situated in Dubai.

Prime Minister Modi visit to UAE will kick start on 10 February. After landing in Abu Dhabi, he will be travelling to Dubai the next day. On a three-day event in Dubai to which India has been invited as the guest country, Modi will be addressing a large gathering of Indians in Dubai Opera on 11 February sixth World Government Summit.

After the Prime Minister’s visit in 2015, India’s relations with the UAE have seen some remarkable advancements. On India’s 68th Republic Day celebration, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyanthe was honoured as the chief guest. Just after that visit of Zayed Al Nahyanthe, UAE initiated a USD 75 billion sovereign funds for India.
Interestingly, UAE remains to be India’s number one trading partner and the current annual trade between the two countries stands at around USD 53 billion.

Following UAE’s visit, Prime Minister Modi will be visiting two other countries in West Asia – Palestine and Oman. The visit to Palestine will be first Indian Prime Minister to the country in seven decades. Last year, Modi had visited Israel, the arch-rival of Palestine and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a six-day visit to India between 14-19 January.

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