On Thursday jantakareporter.com had highlighted how the countries, that openly opposed India’s bid for the NSG membership were those, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had either visited or held talks with their premiers.
But, contrary to the perception built by PM Modi during his visits to those countries, they crushed India’s hopes when it mattered the most.
Among those who blocked India’s membership attempt were New Zealand, Turkey, Switzerland, Brazil and Ireland.
Modi’s detractors and political rivals have now taken to social media to demand explanation why despite his whirlwind tour of the world, India had failed to garner support of 48 countries on NSG.
Leading the fray was the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.
He asked, “PM Modi has completely failed on foreign policy front. He owes explanation on what did he do on his foreign jaunts?”
In a separate tweet on the news that Switzerland too had voted against India, Kejriwal took a dig at the prime minister.
He asked, “Why? Didn’t the PM visit Switzerland just a few days ago?”
Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, too asked, “Should we not ask questions to prime minister on the country’s defeat on NSG, while PMO remains busy in weakening the governments in states? Is there anyone? Or those who should ask questions are also busy?”
Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju posted a tweet mocking Modi’s foreign tours.
He asked, “Someone asked me what will happen after Modi’s present foreign trip. My answer : another foreign trip.”
Modi’s detractors aside, even the BJP MP, Subramanian Swamy demanded an investigation as to why ‘Swiss and Brazil’ had voted against India.
He said, ” On NSG, the vote against India by Swiss and Brazil also needs investigation.”
Modi has received flak for allegedly spending more time abroad than in India with many of his critics calling him an NRI prime minister. His perceived ‘penchant’ for foreign trips has also been a butt of joke on social media for quite sometime.
Here are some other notable reactions on social media:
1. Compare the current NSG membership fracas under Modi ji to how UPA achieved the NSG exemption in 2008. The difference is stark.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) June 24, 2016
our confident foreign policy: modi meets chinese president Xi for first time, troops enter India. modi pleads with Xi on NSG, sent packing
— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) June 24, 2016
Modi's acheivements in Foreign tours
👉US rejects bill to make India a defence partner
👉India out of NSG
More here 👇 pic.twitter.com/CHKG1hVfeA
— Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) June 24, 2016
Modi made foreign policy his solo show. He directed & starred in it. NSG fiasco has thoroughly exposed his model of governance & leadership
— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) June 24, 2016
Subtle diplomacy backed by a blitzkrieg tour of Capitals convinced world leaders that an India led by Modi doesn't deserve #NSG membership
— Saptarshi Basu (@sabeaux) June 24, 2016
Regardless of the success or failure of India's NSG bid this effort, it was a great effort by Modi govt and MEA.
— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) June 24, 2016
Switzerland never supported India's NSG bid, it was false propaganda by Modi Govt. https://t.co/ScIsE3bqjG
— Navin Khaitan (@navinkhaitan) June 24, 2016
So much for the Modi doctrine? 30 plus trips & such opposition? #NSG
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) June 23, 2016