Modi visa issue wont hit Indo-US ties, says Cong

New Delhi, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
Alleging that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been the cause of embarrassment to the government, Congress said that the visa issue will not affect Indo-US ties.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said, The UPA governments request on the Modi visa issue had a limited context. It was only because a chief minister of the country was not allowed to visit the US that the Centre intervened. The US government had not provided a diplomatic visa even after the Indian government had requested for reconsideration as the US had revoked Mr Modis business/tourist visa. The US held Mr Modi responsible for the Gujarat riots as he headed the state government then.

We, however, stand by our opinion on Mr Modi, he said. In fact, on the Gujarat issue, former prime minister AB Vajpayee had said that he had to hang his head in shame during his visit to the US. Even Mr Modis mentor, LK Advani, had to tender a public apology in London on the issue in the face of a hostile demonstration, he added.

On Mr Modis proposed visit to London on March 26, he chided the chief minister for going uninvited as media reports claimed that the organisers of the Gujarat Day Celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall as saying that they had not invited Mr Modi.