Modi a weak Prime Minister, says Rahul Gandhi
Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called him a "weak Prime Minister".
"India has a weak Prime Minister," Gandhi wrote on his Twitter handle.
India has a weak PM pic.twitter.com/NKbUO1iOHX— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 5, 2017
He attached two news reports relating to Modi's recent US visit. One of the reports said that Modi did not raise the H1-B visa issue during his talks with President Donald Trump.
The other report related to India's acceptance of the term "India administered Kashmir" by the US State Department in its order designating Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.
With the Trump administration looking to revamp the H-1B visa programme which allows Indian techies to work for US companies, PM Modi was expected to bring up the issue during his meeting with the President. The Hindu, citing a source, reported that the "issue was notable for its absence" during PM Modi's visit.
"In any case, the H-1B programme is undergoing a legislative review and there's not much the executive branch can do," according to The Hindu source.
"India may suffer disproportionately from changes to the H-1B visa regime, but that's because it had also gained disproportionately from the 25-year old programme that allows U.S. tech companies to import skilled labour for skill sets that aren't locally available," the source said.
On the "Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir" issue, MEA last week said: "The use of the term 'Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir' merely affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin has been involved in cross-border terrorism in India".