Dubai: NRI Global Business Summit that will be organised on April 5, evening under the leadership of renowned businessman and NRI, Padma Shri BR Shetty, is being alleged to be a politically motivated move.
The summit which will be led by BR Shetty is expected to be participated by around 5000 NRIs. The posters and cards of the summit had slogans of ‘Hum bhi Chowkidar’ (We too are watchmen) a slogan coined by PM Narendra Modi ahead of the party’s campaigning for the Lok Sabha Election.
The printed slogans on posters and cards have led to discussion that the summit is politically motivated and aims at promoting Narendra Modi under the banner of ‘Global Business Summit’.
In a press conference ahead of the summit, answering to a query by a reporter if it was a politically motivated event, BR Shetty replied with a no and said “It is not connected with any political party, it is an apolitical event”. When the reporter again asked about why was the slogan ‘Hum bhi Chowkidar’ was printed on the cards and posters of the summit, Shetty said “That slogan is nice and sounds funny. That is why we have added it in the banners and posters”.
Interestingly, a close aide of PM Narendra Modi, Swami Paramatmanand was also present at the press conference. Media in Kerala have quoted Swami Paramanand terming every Indian staying in abroad and thinking about the country as ‘Chowkidars’.
Chakravarthy Sulibele, a Sangh Parivar speaker and a campaigner of Narendra Modi will also be attending the summit in Dubai.
BR Shetty has also been recently widely recognized as the supporter of BJP and Sangh Parivar. In an advertisement the businessman was seen calling for Modi government to be brought back to power.
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Kottayam/Kochi, Jul 21: Senior Kerala MLA and NDA partner P C George Sunday claimed six Congress MPs and three legislators from the state had held talks with the BJP central leadership and that there would be defections.
Congress rejected the claim by the Poonjar MLA and called him a big mouth, saying he makes such statements to get media attention.
George, whose Kerala Janapaksham Secular party recently joined the BJP-led NDA in the state, made the claim at a time when the Congress had been hit by desertions of its MLAs in Karnataka and Goa.
I have come to know that six Congress MPs and three Congress MLAs in the state have held talks with the central leadership of the BJP, George told reporters in Kottayam after his party's state committee meeting.
He declined to divulge any further details.
Later, when contacted by the PTI, the senior MLA said he could not divulge more details about the talks but claimed there would be "a flow" from the Congress to the BJP in Kerala.
George said his claim would be proved right soon.
He was formerly with the Kerala Congress (Mani) but broke away ahead of the 2016 assembly polls after differences with the leadership and won the Poonjar seat as an independent.
Later, he formed the Kerala Janapaksham Secular party.
Dismissing his claims, KPCC Vice President V D Satheesan said no one takes George seriously as he is a big mouth.
George is known for making such allegations to get media attention," he added.
Not a single Congress leader from Kerala would join the BJP, Satheesan, MLA, told PTI.
He alleged George was making such claims as the Congress had prevented his move to enter the UDF fold.