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1st Day of Modi Government

27-05-20141st Day of Modi Government

Narendra Modi took charge of the Prime Minister's office. His first day plans included meeting with various leaders and delegates of the SAARC countries.

  • Modi began his first day by paying tribute to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on Twitter.
  • Modi met and held talks with Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan. According to the sources, Karzai discussed the terror attack on the Indian consulate in Herat and accused terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba for it.
  • Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Gayoom met Modi in Hyderabad House, New Delhi.
  • Modi met Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka.
  • Modi announced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh each to the family of the deceased in the Gorakhdam Express accident and Rs. 50,000 to the injured ones. He also directed the Railway Ministry to ensure that relief operations are being performed deftly in the case of the Gorakhdam Express accident.
  • Modi met Navin Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of Mauritius. Modi discussed bilateral ties with Ramgoolan.
  • Modi met Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan. The two leaders agreed on close mutual cooperation.
  • PM Modi met Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala at Hyderabad House.
  • Modi met Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj also attended the meeting, which lasted for 50 minutes. In his first ever meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Modi talked tough and raised the issue of terrorism. India also raised the issue of 26/11 trial and hoped that Pakistan would expedite the long trial. Modi also raised the issue of JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
  • Modi met Bangladeshi Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharma Chaudhary.
  • Modi ended bilateral talks with the SAARC nations.
  • Modi chaired his first Cabinet meeting.

No Indian prime minister before Narendra Modi has met a Pakistani counterpart on his first day in the office. However, like many firsts in his journey to become the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has added yet another. While the prime minister met all the top SAARC leaders, it was the meeting with Nawaz Sharif that clearly remained of prime focus. While PM Modi spoke strongly against terrorism, the attack on the Indian embassy in Herat and the 26/11 trial - the attempt was to restart talks and take them forward, much beyond the work done by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Emphasis on the vitality of economic cooperation to sustain bilateral dialogue seemed to be the mantra that the new government is adopting. Narendra Modi's first day in office will also be remembered as the first baby step towards bringing an underutilized forum - the SAARC and using it to infuse more strength to the subcontinent.

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Last Updated on May 27, 2014, 4:56 pm