Akhilesh gets another invitation from US

WashingtonUSIBC has asked CM, Mulayam to attend leadership summit in Washington

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has invited Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to be the guest of honour at its 38th Anniversary Leadership Summit in Washington DC on July 11.

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav has also been invited to the summit, which will be held at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.

The invitation comes just weeks after Akhilesh boycotted an event at Harvard University to protest against the alleged misbehaviour with Urban Development Minister Azam Khan at Logan International Airport in Boston. Mulayam's brother and PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav even wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama saying that the treatment meted to Azam reflected racial discrimination in the US.

In a meeting with Akhilesh on March 13 in Lucknow, USIBC president Ron Somers verbally invited him to the US to address their annual meeting on June 27 and interact with business leaders there to boost investment in the state. Somers had also suggested that Akhilesh organise road shows in the US to highlight investment opportunities in UP. That meeting - the Anniversary Leadership Summit - has now been rescheduled to July 11.

The USIBC is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce and the premier business advocacy organisation representing America's top companies investing in India, along with global Indian companies.

"A formal invitation letter has been sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to be the guest of honour at USIBC's 38th Anniversary Leadership Summit," Kathryn Van Dyken, Manager, Programmes and Communications, USIBC, told The Indian Express via email. Mulayam has also been invited, Kathryn added.

Akhilesh and Mulayam, sources said, are yet to receive the letters.

A top official in the chief minister's secretariat said, "In a March meeting in Lucknow, the USIBC invited the CM to attend its AGM that will now be held in July. We are expecting a formal invitation but have not received it yet."

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