Ahmedabad, Dec 7 (): The US on Thursday paid less heed to the bipartisan group of 25 US Congressmen who wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging to continue its policy of denying visa to the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi due to his involvement in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The US made it clear by saying that it has no objection as well as will not make any changes in its policy in response to granting a visa to Modi. Britain said that it cannot afford rejecting Modi’s visa plea as it is expecting good ties with India.
Responding to the letter sent by the Congressmen to Clinton, State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said,” Yes, it is true that we received a letter from a bipartisan group of 25 US Congressmen, but I can only say there is no change in the US policy.”
When asked to clarify his statement in depth, Toner said that he cannot get into a definite question regarding the visa issue, but can say there is no possible change in its stand. It is evident that US is looking forward to get engaged with Gujarat across a wide range of issues such as business opportunities, investment, dynamism, academia relation as well as having good relationship with the people of Gujarat.
The letter that was written on Nov 29 ahead of the Gujarat polls on Dec 13 and 17 was made known to the news agencies by Joe Pitts requesting the US authorities to change its policy in providing visa to the Narendra Modi as this might encourage him and his government to prevent further investigation in bringing the culprits to justice, said the Congress spokesman.
In order to collect funds from United states to occupy the Prime Minister’s post, Narendra Modi is intending to visit the country which would not be appropriate, added the Congress spokesman.