Three years of Narendra Modi government: Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar gave a strong reaction over the question of government’s stand on terrorism, but he simply refused to comment on the Vijay Mallya issue. The minister was addressing a press conference in Nagpur on Wednesday as a part of the ongoing initiative of Narendra Modi-led Central government to reach out to masses on successful completion of its three years. The government, formed after winning a huge mandate in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, has completed its three years of rule under PM Narendra Modi in 2017. To celebrate it, various ministers and party leaders are reaching out to people and explaining the work done by the government in this period of time. In this effort, Minister MJ Akbar reached Nagpur today. Speaking at the event, he said the government will never compromise on the issue of terrorism. The minister made a subtle target of other political parties and said that they are unwilling to understand the government’s “uncompromising stand” on the issue of terrorism, reported news agency PTI.
The Union Minister also hailed the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. The step announced by PM Modi on November 8, 2016 was followed by criticism from various political parties and suffering of common man as a result of currency crisis in banks and ATMs. However, the minister called it a “transformative step” and added that representatives of various countries are visiting India to study this measure.
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However, Akbar who was quick to respond to all questions on achievements of the NDA government, refused a question on beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya. When some reporters sought his reaction on the issue of Mallya, he refused to comment and said the matter is pending before a British court. Liquor baron Mallya was declared defaulter of loans to several banks amounting to nearly Rs 9,000-crore. In the recent development in his case, the man was on Tuesday granted bail till December 4 by a London court hearing his extradition case.