Will appeal to US for Modi visa: Rajnath

RajnathBJP maintained Modi was not clamouring for US visa. PTI

The BJP, which had so far maintained that it was not unduly bothered about denial of American visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday said it will appeal to the US Administration to lift the travel ban on him.

Addressing a press conference here, party president Rajnath Singh said he would take up the issue with the US lawmakers in Washington during the week. "I will appeal to the US government to clear the US visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister," he said.

The US government had taken a decision not to give visa to Modi in the wake of the post-Godhra riots of 2002 in Gujarat and serious violation of human rights there.

The party had always maintained that Modi was not clamouring for a US visa but criticised the Administration on its stand saying he was a democratically elected popular leader of the state.

Modi, who has been nominated as the chairman of the BJP election campaign committee, has taken to addressing audiences in the US through video-conferencing.

Recently, a planned address by him to Wharton India Economic Forum was cancelled after some objections were raised in the institution. Singh is on a five-day trip to New York and Washington on an outreach programme to meet the Indian diaspora.

On Tuesday, he will present a keynote address on India, Afghanistan and regional security at a conference in Washington.

The people of India have now realised that the BJP is the only solution after comparing the performance-oriented NDA government and corruption-ridden inefficient Congress-led UPA dispensation, he said. The performances of several BJP-ruled states, like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, are there for the people to see and if these states can provide 24-hour power supply, clean and efficient government, fillip to industries compared to poor performance of many Congress-ruled state governments what would people prefer? People have made up their mind, he said.

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