Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sitaram Yechury denies signing letter to Obama over US visa to Modi

New Delhi:24 Jul 2013,

The controversy over US visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi deepened on Wednesday with CPI (M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury denying the reports that he had signed a letter written to US President Barack Obama.

Yechury, whose name figures at number 9 in the letter, said that it appeared to be a cut and paste job. "Why will I write a letter to the US Administration? We don\'t want anyone to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. Such issues have to be settled in India," Yechury said.

The CPI (M) leader claimed that he neither wrote a letter to the US President nor signed it. However, Independent MP Mohammed Adeeb, who took the initiative for this campaign, insisted that Yechury had signed the letter.

Earlier, 65 MPs belonging to 12 different political parties have urged Obama to maintain the current policy of denying Modi a visa to the United States.

One letter was signed by 25 Rajya Sabha members and the other by 40 Lok Sabha members written on November 26 and December 5, 2012 respectively and re-faxed to the White House on Sunday.

Copies of the letters were provided by the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) as Rajnath Singh, reached Washington to meet US lawmakers, think tanks and US government officials during which he said he will urge the Americans to lift the ban on visa for Modi.

The signatories include Sabir Ali and Ali Anwar Ansari (Janata Dal-U), Rasheed Masood (Congress), S Ahmed (Trinamool Congress) Asaduddin Owaisi (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen), Thirumavalavan (Viduthalai Chiruttaigal Katchi), K P Ramalingam (DMK) and SS Rasmasubbu (Congress).
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