( May 13, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka from Thursday comes after a gap of 158 days, the longest between his two foreign trips after he went to Japan in November last year, according to Hindustan Times on May 12.
Before this, the longest gap was of 102 days between Modi’s visit to Nepal to attend the SAARC summit between November 25-27 in 2014 and then to Seychelles on March 10, 2015.
And, prior to that, there was a gap of 94 days after his unscheduled visit to Pakistan on December 25 last year and then his travel to Saudi Arabia after three months on March 29 this year.
The gap this time around has been attributed to a hectic domestic schedule of the PM due to the assembly elections in 5 states as well as other national issues.
“The PM is the star campaigner of his party. Also, he had to focus on national issues such as demonetisation, rolling out of GST etc,” sources said.