WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 28, 2018, 06.14 PM
The hectic political campaign in five states has not stopped Prime Minister Modi from keeping a busy schedule on the diplomatic front.
After visiting Singapore and Maldives during the Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh campaign, the Prime Minister today is travelling to Argentina to attend the G20 summit, in the midst of campaigning for the Rajasthan and Telangana elections.
In fact, from November 23, the Prime Minister has been on the campaign trail every day. Beginning with Mizoram on the 23rd, the Prime Minister has campaigned across Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana in the last six days.
November 28 saw him address two election rallies in Rajasthan, in the course of a seven-hour journey. Barely 90 minutes after landing in Delhi, the Prime Minister emplaned for Argentina.
The journey from Delhi to Buenos Aires involves two legs of nearly 12-hour duration each, with a short technical halt in Cape Town, South Africa. The total travel time to Buenos Aires is 25 hours, and consequently, the to and fro trips will involve a combined journey time of nearly 50 hours.
In between these two trips, the Prime Minister will be in Buenos Aires for just over 50 hours. This time period includes two nights. In the space of these 50 hours, the Prime Minister has over 25 scheduled engagements. These include the various sessions of the G20 summit, sideline meetings including the BRICS informal meeting, and bilateral meetings with various world leaders. Besides these scheduled engagements, the Prime Minister may engage informally with other leaders as well.
An important item on his itinerary is to attend and address a "Yoga for Peace" event in Buenos Aires.
The Prime Minister will return to India in the wee hours of December 3, only to take off again within 12 hours to resume his political campaigning in Rajasthan and Telangana for the next two days. On December 3, PM Modi will campaign in Jodhpur and Hyderabad.
November 28 saw him address two election rallies in Rajasthan, in the course of a seven-hour journey.