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Republican party denies inviting Modi to address leaders via video link

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SummaryRepublican party leaders on Friday said that they have not invited Modi to address them via video link at the Capitol Hill.

Republican leaders have denied extending an invitation to Narendra Modi to address Congressional leaders and Indian-Americans via video link next week and accused a US-based supporter of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate of “misrepresenting” their party.

Chicago-based Shalli Kumar, a supporter of Modi, has been served with a “cease and desist” letter by the office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers advising him to stop misrepresenting the Republican party and one of its top lawmakers.

Amid criticism from secular forces, Republican party leaders on Friday said that they have not invited Modi to address them via video link at the Capitol Hill on November 19. Kumar, who had earlier this year taken a group of Republican lawmakers to Gandhinagar for meeting Modi, was sent the cease and desist letter by Rodgers, after it was brought to her notice that the Indian-American has issued a flyer in which he had inappropriately used the House seal and put pictures of several top Republican lawmakers without their permission.

However, in a letter, which was circulated along with Kumar’s invitation letter, Rodgers had mentioned about “Bharat Divas” and the invitation to Modi to address the Indian-American-community and Congressional leaders. Rodgers’s office did not respond to questions on this letter.

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