The former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh has made more foreign visits than the active PM Narendra Modi, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah recently in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. But we want to inform the saffron party, President Amit Shah, that his statement unquestionably lacked the facts as we are going to provide you some real facts about it, which unveils the opposite case.
The PM Narendra Modi has made more foreign visits in his first three years tenure as former PM Singh has made lesser foreign visits in his both terms (2004-2009 and 2009-2014) as the data figures. According to a report by Factly.in, a data journalism portal based on external affairs data rejects the statement of BJP’s President in every way. We explain you the whole issue in a simple and reliable manner through some important facts and events on the same.
Statement of BJP President Amit Shah
The saffron party President Amit Shah recently claimed that the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited more countries than the PM Narendra Modi and said that it was not much hyped because the media never covered the visits of former PM Singh as much as of Modi’s. Amit Shah said, “Our opponents make an issue of Prime Minister Modi’s foreign visits, but as per figures, Manmohan Singhji visited more countries than Modiji. The number of PM Modi’s foreign visits appears higher because Manmohan Singhji used to go, no one got to know when he went or came back.”
Former PM Singh made 80 trips spanning 303 days in total
The former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh enjoyed his tenure for 10 years – 2004 to 2009 and 2009 – 2014. In between 2004 to 2009 and 2009 to 2014, Singh made 80 foreign trips spanning 303 days. Singh made at least 10 trips in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013. The former PM made no less than five foreign trips every year in his tenure except in 2012 and 2014. Before handing over the office in 2014, Singh made just one foreign trip. Singh was in abroad at any rate for a month (30 days) in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. On an average note, every foreign trip of Singh’s lasted approximately of 3.8 days. Singh made a little higher number of foreign trips in his second term compared to his first one.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made 54 trips spanning 132 days in total
The present PM Narendra Modi has made 54 foreign trips spanning 132 days already in the first three years of his tenure. Trips of PM Modi stands like this if it’s divided by years – 9 foreign trips in 2014, 27 in 2015 and 18 in 2016. PM Modi was in foreign countries for 32 days in 2014, 64 days in 2015 and 18 days in 2016. Modi’s each trip lasted for 2.5 days on an average note. The PM has visited about 44 countries so far. Talking about the expenses of trips of PM Modi from June 15, 2014, to November 10, 2016, the expenses, gained on chartered flights amount to Rs 274,88,64,465 as per the data available on pmindia.gov.in.
Countries like USA, Nepal, China and Japan are the ones where PM Modi has visited twice. According to the Hindustan Times report, PM Modi has a packed schedule of foreign visits from May to July, starting his first visit from Sri Lanka. There are also reports that Modi will visit countries like Russia, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan and Spain as well.
Comparison of PM Modi’s first three years’ visits and 10-year tenure of Manmohan Singh
If we talk about the first three years of former PM Manmohan Singh, not only he made fewer trips, but also in both of his terms, he was in abroad for fewer days than the PM Modi in his first three years of his ongoing term. The other interesting fact is that Manmohan Singh made fewer trips in his 1st term than PM Modi made in 2015 alone. It is also a fact that the average duration of each trip of PM Modi is shorter than of the former PM Manmohan Singh.
We can easily say that the saffron party President Amit Shah must verify his facts in future before presenting anything incorrect to the public.