The BJP held the first meeting of its parliamentary party for the winter session on Tuesday with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, informing MPs on recent trips by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal, explaining to the deputies why India had decided to stay out Global Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Prime Minister Modi was not present at the meeting.
Party deputies present at the meeting said Mr. Jaishankar had insisted that Mr. Modi's overseas visits had helped to improve India's reputation and promote the interests of the country.
He spoke in detail about Modi's participation in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in the United States in September and the "Howdy Modi" rally, which was attended by thousands of people from all over the world. Indian origin (PIO), in the presence of the President of the United States. Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister's participation in the meetings of the BRICS and Asean, in addition to his trips to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Bhutan, was also highlighted, as Jaishankar told BJP deputies that Mr. Modi had brought the issue of terrorism to the fore and gained the support of most countries.
Decision on the RCEP
Issues such as economics, traditional medicine, the water crisis, digital health and other "people-centered" issues were also discussed, sources said. Mr. Jaishankar also spoke about the decision of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to grant Mr. Modi their highest civilian honor.
In his presentation on India's decision to stay out of the RCEP, Goyal said it was in the national interest to integrate the group would have dug India's trade deficits with some countries and raised injury to its domestic industry, sources said.
He said the UPA government was in favor of joining the RCEP but the Modi government had defended the country's interests by moving away from it.
At the party meeting, MPs were also invited to provide details on the march that all BJP officials were invited to undertake to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October.