Modi US visa row: BJP demands probe into letter sent to Obama
Posted on: 11:50 AM IST Jul 25, 2013
New Delhi: The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a probe into the allegations of forged signature on the letter sent to the United States demanding denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP poll panel chief Narendra Modi by 65 MPs.
The BJP said that the government should order a probe to find whether the letter sent to US President Barack Obama had forged signatures or not.
"It's unacceptable if the letter sent to Obama on Modi visa issue was forged," said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.
A letter supposedly signed by 65 MPs to Obama dated December 2012 had urged him not to grant a US visa to Modi. The letter was re-sent to the White House to coincide with BJP President Rajnath Singh's trip, as he will push the US government to change its policy and grant Modi a US visa.
Meanwhile, the US has said that it will consider Modi's visa application if he applies.
"If (the Gujarat) Chief Minister Modi applies for a visa, his application will be considered to determine whether he qualifies for a visa, in accordance with US immigration law and policy," said Jen Psaki, US state department spokesperson.
"Our policy on this has not changed, we will consider his application if he applies," the US state department added.
The controversy over 65 MPs signing letter urging Obama not to issue a visa to Modi had taken a new turn on Wednesday with nine MPs denying signing any letter. The MPs who had denied signing the anti-Modi letter include five Congress leaders. Two of the Congress MPs also said they did not remember signing the letter.
The Centre had also said it is not right for anyone to involve a third country in domestic issues.
Modi has been denied visa by the US for the last several years over allegations of human rights violations during the 2002 riots in Gujarat.
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