US congratulated BJP-led NDA

The US Chapter of the Congress Party congratulated the BJP and Modi, hoping that the incoming NDA Government will continue to safeguard the democratic and secular fabric of the nation.

The US Chapter of the Congress Party congratulated the BJP and Modi, hoping that the incoming NDA Government will continue to safeguard the democratic and secular fabric of the nation.

"I hope the incoming NDA Government will continue to safeguard the democratic and secular fabric of the nation and work towards unity and purpose where all its citizens are treated equally regardless of their caste, religion or region," George Abraham, chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress (I), USA, said in a statement.

"The people of India have spoken and they have thrown in their lot with BJP-led NDA and their verdict ought to be respected by all. It is also a tribute to India that has proven beyond any doubt that it is a vibrant democracy that facilitates a peaceful transition of power looks rather easy," he said.

At the same time, the INOC praised the performance of the outgoing government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"Indian National Congress led by Dr Manmohan Singh has nothing to be ashamed of as it has performed well in the last nine years despite some of the obvious challenges with corruption within the coalition and a slowing down of the economy. However, the party hasn`t done a better job communicating its achievements to the man on the street," Abraham said.
Meanwhile, a group of Indian-Americans, who had campaigned against a US visa to Modi, said that it would "continue to struggle" to get justice for the 2002 Gujarat violence victims.

"The ascent of Modi to the highest executive office in India, is rightly a matter of concern for all who value human rights and religious freedom.," said Shaik Ubaid, spokesperson of the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG).
"CAG has been in the forefront of maintaining the US visa ban on Modi, and we are proud of having stood up for truth and justice," said Dr Raja Swamy, another CAG spokesperson.
"A possible visit to the US by Modi on a diplomatic visa, in his capacity as the Prime Minister does not negate the earlier ban and the fact that he is `culpable for the egregious and systematic human rights abuses`," he said.

In a statement, CAG called upon civil society institutions to be ever more vigilant and to come together in the cause of protecting the nation`s pluralist character and ethos.

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