Obama addressed Indian feelings: satisfied BJP

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New Delhi, Nov 9: After "disappointing" with his first speech at the Taj Hotel, US President Barack Obama managed to win over the confidence of Bharatiya Janata Party, India's main Opposition party, with his Monday, Nov 8 address at the Parliament.

BJP has expressed satisfaction over Obama's remarks at the Parliament on the last day of his three-day visit. Satisfied that the President successfully 'removed apprehensions', the saffron party now hopes that the United States will walk the talk.

"We feel that in his speech in parliament by clearly naming Pakistan and appealing to it to bring the perpetrators (of the Mumbai attack) to justice, he had addressed the overwhelming Indian feeling," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told a news agency.

"The apprehensions in our mind have been removed. It is now for the US to walk the talk," she added.

The BJP had earlier expressed unhappiness over Obama's "disappointing" speech at the Taj Hotel, which was the American President's first stop kick starting his maiden India visit.

Party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy had complained that Obama made no mention of Pakistan in connection with the 26/11 terror attacks.

“It was the first address by the U.S. President at a place [Taj Hotel] which had seen the biggest terror attack on India and had shaken the world. There is evidence with the U.S. that this terror attack had originated from Pakistan, and its spy agency and terrorist organisations were involved in it. But there was no mention of Pakistan in the statement,"Rudy had said.

However, BJP seems to have come to terms with Obama and US after Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met the President to raise a slew of issues, including the Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

BJP is learnt to have raised the following five issues with Obama -

- India will be more appreciative if the US was clear in identifying the perpetrators of Mumbai attack
- Dispel the notion that the US considers India a market and Pakistan an ally
- Expressed concerns over the rhetoric in America against outsourcing
- US' view that China has a great role to play in South Asia
- Demanded justice for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims

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