The government on Monday received praise from unexpected quarters as Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her speech at the UN General Assembly, calling her a "daring voice of the Indian pride". "Sushma ji presented India's viewpoint very well at UNGA. Congratulations to her," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
AAP's Overseas Convenor Kumar Vishwas termed her speech as historic and a befitting reply "tearing apart Pakistan's false propaganda". He asked Pakistani Prime minister Nawaz Sharif to try and understand the realities that Swaraj spoke about in her address to the world. Terming Swaraj as one of the finest orators in Indian politics, Vishwas went on to call her the "daring voice of Indian pride".
Vishwas also praised Swaraj for speaking extempore in Hindi rather than restricting herself to delivering a pre-written English speech. The AAP government and the Centre are continuously locked in a turf war. "Kejriwal and Vishwas's tweets praising Sushma Swaraj's speech today once again proved that when it comes to national issues and especially at international forums, AAP will always rise above petty political differences for the interests of the nation," the party said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday praised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her speech at the UN General Assembly countering Pakistan and hoped that her "energy and resolve" would be matched by the government's action. "Strong and to the point speech in the UN. Fantastic! Sure, the energy and resolve in your speech will be matched in action by the Government," VHP International Working President Pravin Togadia tweeted.
Swaraj, in a sharp rebuke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's "tirade" on Kashmir, said those accusing others of rights violations must introspect. Taking a veiled dig at Pakistan, Swaraj in her address at the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) session said there are nations "in our midst" where UN designated terrorists roam freely and deliver "their poisonous sermons of hate with impunity", an apparent reference to Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
She also made a strong pitch for isolating such nations who speak the language of terrorism and for whom sheltering terrorists has become "their calling card".