Giving a boost to Gujarat’s hardline Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an election year, the United Kingdom finally decided to lift its visa restrictions. The UK government imposed visa restrictions on Modi and barred him from visiting the country after he was indicted by the court for his alleged involvement in the Godhra riots. For the past 10 years, UK government did not soften its stance and continuously raised the issue of alleged human rights violations in Modi’s state.
However just two months ahead of the crucial Assembly Elections, the UK government said it wanted to mend ties with Gujarat. Britain categorically denied that the move had anything to do with the impending elections. UK’s volte-face and courts’ failure to indict Modi in the Godhra riots turned the tide in his favour. UK now considering Gujarat as an ideal place for investment gave a fresh impetus to Modi’s campaign to seize power for a fourth term.