Those not proud of Donald Trump calling Narendra Modi 'father of India' don't consider themselves Indian, says Jitendra Singh

  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that those who do not feel proud that Donald Trump called Narendra Modi 'father of India', do not consider themselves as Indians.

  • He said that irrespective of political affiliations, people should be proud of a 'frank and unbiased' view coming from outside

  • On Tuesday, Trump had heaped praises on Modi and called him the 'father of India' when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the UNGA

New Delhi: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday said that those people who do not feel proud about US President Donald Trump calling "father of India", do not consider themselves as Indians.

 Those not proud of Donald Trump calling Narendra Modi father of India dont consider themselves Indian, says Jitendra Singh

File image of Union minister Jitendra Singh. ANI

Speaking to reporters, he said, "People who live abroad are proud today of being Indian. This is happening due to the personality and personal outreach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi... If a frank and impartial view comes from outside, from the US president then I think all Indian citizens should feel proud of it, irrespective of their political affiliation."

He continued, "For the first time, the US president has used such words of appreciation for any prime minister. If someone is not proud of it then maybe that person doesn't consider himself an Indian."

This comes after Trump heaped praises on Modi and called the Prime Minister "Father of India" when the two leaders met at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York during the press briefing on Tuesday.

"My personal chemistry (with Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is as good as it can get. I have great respect, I have great admiration and I really like him. He is a great gentleman and a great leader. I remember India before, it was very torn. There was a lot of fighting and he brought it all together like a father would bring it all together. Maybe he's the father of India, we'll call him the father of India. But he brought things together and you don't hear that anymore. So he's done a fantastic job," Trump had said.

Earlier, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at Trump for his remark on Modi and termed the US president a 'jaahil' (illiterate).

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Updated Date: Sep 25, 2019 21:05:06 IST