【Washington】U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on the 25th of March.
Trump called Modi late on Monday and congratulated him for the victory in the state Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Haryana. The just-concluded Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and other states reconfirmed Modi's pre-eminence in the political landscape of the country.
A readout on the conversation would be available later, Mr. Spicer said. This is the third telephone conversation between the two leaders since Mr. Trump’s victory on November 8, 2016.
Mr. Modi had congratulated Mr. Trump after his victory in November and again after his inauguration on January 20, 2017. Both leaders have invited each other to visit their countries.
○Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT
【New York】The move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party to name "firebrand Hindu cleric" Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister is a "shocking rebuke" to religious minorities, a leading US daily said on the 23rd of March in its editorial.
The New York Times in the highly critical editorial titled 'Modi's Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists' said since he was elected in 2014, Modi has played a "cagey game, appeasing his party's hard-line Hindu base while promoting secular goals of development and economic growth".
While there were "worrying signs" that he was willing to humour Hindu extremists, the editorial said Modi refrained from overtly approving violence against the nation's Muslim minority.
However, Modi "revealed his hand" when emboldened by a landslide victory in recent elections in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh, his party named a "firebrand Hindu cleric, Yogi Adityanath, as the state's leader", it said.
There was no immediate comments on the editorial from the Prime Minister's office in New Delhi.
Donald Trump congratulates Narendra Modi for U.P. elections win
Trump congratulates Modi on poll victory
Firebrand Hindu cleric as CM shocking rebuke to minorities: NYT
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