NEW DELHI- BJP today expressed "delight" at the decision of Nawaz Sharif to attend the oath taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.
"This is a delightful piece of news that Pakistan Prime Minister has accepted Narendra Modi's invitation, this is the beginning of a new relationship. It is good news," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said today. He said Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar are India's neighbors. "And neighbors cannot be changed," he said. But Congress reacted cautiously to the development. Outgoing Union minister Manish Tewari reminded that BJP had all along maintained that terror and talks cannot go together. He hoped that after assuming office, the BJP government would raise the issue of slow pace of trail of 26/11 attacks, an issue "which had been troubling them." He also said the issue of people like Hafiz Saeed should also be raised. We hope that BJP remains true to the position it has taken over the past ten years and raises these issues with the Prime Minister of Pakistan when he comes to India," Tewari said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted welcoming the decision of Sharif to attend the swearing in. "Very glad to hear Pakistan PM has accepted invite, shows that he can prevail over forces inimical to good relations with India," he said. But at the same time he said he can't help feel sorry for others taking oath or attending the ceremony "because the only photo that will matter now will be the Modi-Sharif handshake."