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Sushma Ji was a multifaceted personality; Karyakartas of the BJP have seen very closely what a great personality she was: PM
Sushma Ji’s speeches were both impactful as well as inspiring: PM Modi
In any ministerial duty she held, Sushma Ji brought about a marked change in the work culture there: PM
One would conventionally associate the MEA with protocol but Sushma Ji went a step ahead and made MEA people-friendly: PM
Sushma Ji never hesitated to speak her mind; she spoke with firmness: PM
Sushma Ji Sushma Ji could even tell the PM what to do: Shri Modi

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi joined a Shradhanjali Sabha, prayer meeting in remembrance of former Minister of External Affairs and one of India’s most respected leaders, Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji. He termed Sushma Ji as a leader who diligently served India and highlighted various aspects of her public life. 

BJP Karyakartas blessed to have closely interacted with Sushma Ji

Recalling her contributions, the Prime Minister said that every BJP Karyakarta was blessed to have closely interacted with Sushma Ji. He added, “Sushma Ji was a multifaceted personality and we, Karyakartas of the BJP have seen very closely what a great personality she was.”

Sushma Ji never shied to take up a challenge

The Prime Minster added that Sushma Ji never shied to take up a challenge. Referring about her decision to contest in Bellary Lok Sabha in 1999, the PM said, “I remember Venkaiah Naidu Ji and me going to Sushma Ji, and asking her to go to Karnataka to fight elections. The outcome was certain but she was someone who was always ready to take up challenges.”

The PM said that Sushma Ji was a powerful orator and her speeches were both impactful as well as inspiring.

Sushma Ji made MEA about people’s call more than protocol

The PM further added that in any ministerial duty she held, Sushma Ji brought about a marked change in the work culture there. “One would conventionally associate the MEA with protocol but Sushma Ji went a step ahead and answered the people’s call, making the Ministry people friendly”, the PM remarked.

Significant rise in number of passport offices during Sushma Ji’s tenure as EAM

The PM recalled how the number of passport offices rose significantly during the tenure of Sushma Ji as the External Affairs Minister in the last five years.

The Haryanvi touch

Highlighting one of the lesser known aspects of Sushma Ji, the PM spoke about her Haryanvi accent. The PM said, “We are used to people saying politically correct things but Sushma Ji was different. She did not hesitate to speak her mind and she spoke with firmness. This was special about her.”

Sushma Ji could even tell the PM what to do

Recalling an incident when he was about to deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, the PM mentioned how Sushma Ji had guided him what to do. He recollected the incident how Sushma Ji had helped him prepare his speech for the United Nations overnight.

See traces of Sushma Ji in Bansuri: PM

The Prime Minister said that he saw traces of Sushma Ji in Bansuri and appreciated her for her efforts.

The Prime Minister expressed condolences to late Sushma Ji’s husband Swaraj Kaushal Ji and daughter Bansuri.

The list of eminent people who joined the prayer meeting included the likes of Avdheshanand Giri Maharaj, former Minister Dinesh Trivedi, MP Pinaki Misra, Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, MP Satish Chandra Mishra, MP Rajiv Ranjan, MP Tiruchi Siva, MP A. Navaneethakrishnan, MP Namma Nageswara Rao, former MP Sharad Yadav, Minister Arvind Sawant, MP Prem Chand Gupta, MP Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP Anupriya Patel, MP Anand Sharma, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Dr. Krishna Gopal and Shri JP Nadda.

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I will be visiting France, UAE and Bahrain during 22-26 August 2019.  

My visit to France reflects the strong strategic partnership, which our two countries deeply value, and share. On 22-23 August 2019, I would have bilateral meetings in France, including a summit interaction with President Macron and a meeting with Prime Minister Philippe. I would also interact with the Indian community and dedicate a memorial to the Indian victims of the two Air India crashes in France in the 1950s & 1960s.

Later, on 25-26 August, I will participate in the G7 Summit meetings as Biarritz Partner at the invitation of President Macron in the Sessions on Environment, Climate, Oceans and on Digital Transformation. 

India and France have excellent bilateral ties, which are reinforced by a shared vision to cooperate for further enhancing peace and prosperity for our two countries and the world at large. Our strong strategic and economic partnership is complemented by a shared perspective on major global concerns such as terrorism, climate change, etc.  I am confident that this visit will further promote our long-standing and valued friendship with France for mutual prosperity, peace and progress.

During the visit to the United Arab Emirates on 23-24 August, I look forward to discuss with His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, entire gamut of bilateral relations and regional and international issues of mutual interest.

I also look forward to jointly release the stamp to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi along with His Highness the Crown Prince. It will be an honour to receive the ‘Order of Zayed’, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE government, during this visit. I will also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.

Frequent high-level interactions between India and UAE testify to our vibrant relations. UAE is our third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest exporter of crude oil for India. The qualitative enhancement of these ties is among one of our foremost foreign policy achievements. The visit would further strengthen our multifaceted bilateral ties with UAE.

I will also be visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain from 24-25, August 2019.  This would be the first ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to the Kingdom. I look forward to discussing with Prime Minister His Royal Highness Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the ways to further boost our bilateral  relations and share views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. I would also be meeting His Majesty the King of Bahrain Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other leaders.

I would also take the opportunity to interact with the Indian diaspora. I will be blessed to be present at the formal beginning of the re-development of  the temple of Shreenathji- the oldest in the Gulf region – in the wake of the auspicious festival of Janmashtami. I am confident that this visit would further deepen our relationship across the sectors.