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Manish Tewari mocks Narendra Modi on US visa denial

Last Updated: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 14:01

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari on Thursday mocked Narendra Modi on US` decision to deny the Gujarat Chief Minister a visa.

"For reasons which are in public domain, the US has decided that certain people in India, who are in public life, must not step onto its soil. This speaks for itself," Tewari said, adding that he doesn`t think there was a need for a debate on Modi`s human rights record.

The US government first denied Modi a visa in 2005 over allegations that his government did nothing to control the 2002 Godhra riots. He has not applied for one since.

While there has been no change in the US position officially, the US business has been warming up to the Gujarat leader and the issue is being debated both in the administration and among the lawmakers.

The US State Department has said its policy apropos of visa to Modi had not changed. "If Chief Minister Modi applies for a visa, his application will be considered to determine whether he qualifies for a visa in accordance with US immigration law and policy," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.

First Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 13:57

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