Congress-BJP war over ‘cricket diplomacy’, Ramesh says is ‘the height of narcissism’. Congress vs BJP Prime Minister Narendra Modi Stadium Jairam Ramesh is the height of self-absorbed cricket diplomacy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the match with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on the first day of the fourth Test match between India and Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad this morning.
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Ahmedabad: The game is being played between India and Australia Border-Gavaskar Trophy Before the fourth test match Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Motera Cricket Stadium I was given a warm welcome. However, Modi government’s relationship between India and Australia ‘Cricket Diplomacy’ Congress criticized it, calling it the “height of narcissism”. However, the BJP sided with the government and called it ‘cricket diplomacy’.
Attacking PM Modi for hosting a lavish event with the Australian PM at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet, “I am honoring the stadium he named after himself during his lifetime – the height of self-indulgence.
It Works: Amit Malviya
On the other hand, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya shared a picture of the event and said about strengthening ties between the two countries, “Cricket diplomacy. It works.”
Establishing cricket diplomacy. It works to install. pic.twitter.com/UMSiymowmr
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) March 9, 2023
A day after Holi, before the start of the Test match, the nearly 40,000 spectators at the Narendra Modi Stadium got a glimpse of ‘cricket diplomacy’ when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese played a match between the two teams before the final. test match Before reaching the stadium here.
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India will be looking to win the 4-match Test series 3-1, which will secure their place in the final of the World Test Championship. On the other hand, the Australian team has to break India’s hopes by equalizing the series.
Both Prime Ministers honored on the ground
Before the Test match, on the occasion of 75 years of India-Australia friendship, Albanese and Modi sat lap of honor on the ground. Due to the presence of the heads of state of the two countries, tight security arrangements were made at the stadium. This is said to be the reason why the world’s largest cricket stadium was not even half full when the Prime Ministers of both countries toured the grounds in cricket themed coaches.
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However, the crowd in the stadium gave a warm welcome to both the leaders with continuous applause. During this time, BCCI President Roger Binny presented his portrait to the Albanese and BCCI Secretary Jai Shah presented his portrait to Indian Prime Minister Modi.
Both the leaders then inaugurated the newly designed hall of fame room where cricket and memories of the past are intertwined. Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Australian captain Steve Smith arrived on the field with their respective prime ministers and introduced them to the other players. Albanese spoke for some time with the best performer of the Australian tour, Nathan Lyon, while PM Modi congratulated all the Indian players with folded hands.
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