Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said India was driving the world economic recovery from the recent recession and helping redefine a new world order.
Addressing a meeting of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary group and Indo-European Business Forum, Mr. Gadkari said the erstwhile NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee introduced reforms in a number of areas, including international trade, foreign investment, disinvestments, telecommunications, power, roads and education. The party remained committed to taking the reform process further if returned to power.
He said the rapid pace of development, a favourable demography, a growing middle class and a huge domestic market had made India one of the top investment destinations in the world. There were opportunities for greater cooperation between India and Britain in a range of fields such as research and development and science and technology, he said.
“With the changing world order India and Britain may explore taking their enhanced strategic partnership to next level of economic cooperation,’’ Mr. Gadkari said.
The meeting, convened by Labour MP Virendra Sharma, was presided over by industrialist and Labour peer Swraj Paul.
The BJP chief paid tributes to the victims of Mumbai terror attacks.
“We Mumbaikars have faced similar attacks in the past as well and we have time and again shown courage and determination to withstand such onslaughts,’’ he said.
He accused Pakistan of using terror as a state policy describing terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed as “offshoots’’ Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. He repeated his call for joint Indo-British efforts to defeat global terrorism. Hindu