BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast has accused United States Embassy of denying him a visa for not removing his turban. Accusing the embassy, Mast said that he was asked to remove his turban, when he denied, the authorities didn’t grant him a visa. The lawmaker said that it was Embassy itself which invited him to participate at a farmer programme in US. “US Embassy invited me to the US for a function on farmers in US, when I went there for visa documentation they wanted my pictures taken without my turban, I refused, & turned down the visa,” Mast was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Mast said that he will raise the issue before Parliament and Ministry of External Affairs. “I didn’t ask for the invitation, they had invited me. I will talk to MEA about this, and talk about this in Parliament,” he added. However, the US Embassy has denied lawmaker’s charges. The embassy said that it never demands removal of any religious dresses. The embassy also denied the charges of demanding photograph without the turban. “During the visa application process the US Embassy Delhi doesn’t ask individuals to remove turbans or other religious dress,” the embassy was quoted as saying by ANI.