New Delhi, November 14: The Congress on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his foreign trips, saying “he could give most cricketers a run for their money”. The Congress claimed that the Prime Minister has toured 50 countries in 1268 days.
“The Prime Minister has stats that could give most cricketers a run for their money!” Congress tweeted. The image tweeted by the Congress official handle showed Modi raising a bat having Air India logo and a turban in another hand. The party added that the trips are being sponsored by people’s money.
The statement comes even as Modi is returning from his three-day visit to Manila where he attended ASEAN summit.
The Congress has been attacking Modi over a host of issues including demonetisation, Goods and Service Tax, economic slowdown in the election season. The charge is being led by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi who has been campaigning in the poll-bound Gujarat.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shatrughan Sinha asked the Prime Minister, without naming him, to return to India during crucial elections. “Isn’t it enough of hugging business, photo ops, learning and unlearning about farming. At least during crucial elections, with the sole agenda of India’s development, please come back Saheb…and let us work for the nation & it’s progress. With love! Jai Hind!” Sinha tweeted.
From his first trip to Bhutan on June 15, 2014, to his last foreign trip till date to Manila, the expenses incurred on chartered flights amounts to Rs 274,88,64,465, according to the data available on pmindia.gov.in. For many of his trips the bill has not been received.
The costliest travel was a nine-day trip to France, Germany and Canada amounting to Rs 31,25,78,000 in April 2015 and the cheapest one was to Bhutan with expense incurred on chartered flight worth Rs 2,45,27,465, the data revealed. There are certain destination where Indian Air Force BBJ aircraft was used and the expense is not mentioned.
There are several destinations such as the USA, Japan, Nepal, China where Modi visited at least twice.