Don't get confused with 'Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar': S Jaishankar in US
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said loud and clear "Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar" at his 'Howdy, Modi' event during his recent United States visit alongside Donald Trump. Days after the event, India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that his remark must not be interpreted.
S Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Washington D.C. and said India has a "very non-partisan" approach to the domestic politics in the US.
PM Modi was joined by Donald Trump at the 'Howdy, Modi' event where Indian Premier addressed over 50,000 Indian Americans.
"Friends, we in India have connected well with President Trump, the words of candidate Trump. Ab ki baar Trump sarkar rang loud and clear..." PM Modi had said.
S Jaishankar refuted the notion that the Prime Minister has endorsed the US President Donald Trump his 2020 re-election campaign.
"No, he did not say that," the Foreign Minister said when asked during a news conference with Indian journalists about the Prime Minister's remarks.
"I think, please, look very carefully at what the Prime Minister said. My recollection of what the Prime Minister said was that candidate Trump had used this ("Ab ki baar Trumpsarkar"). So PM is talking about the past.
"I don't think we should, honestly, misinterpret what was said. I don't think you're doing a good service to anybody," Mr Jaishankar said, urging the journalist to be accurate.
"I mean, he (PM Modi) was pretty clear what he was talking about. He was saying, this is what you said as a candidate, which showed that you were trying to, (connect with India and its people even as a candidate)," said Mr Jaishankar said, urging the journalist to be accurate.
"We have a very non-partisan (approach to domestics US politics). So, our sort of approach to whatever happens in this country is their politics, not our politics," Mr Jaishankar said.