Keep denying visa to Modi: US lawmakers

WASHINGTON: As many as 25 United States lawmakers have written to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to continue with America's move to deny Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a visa to the US.

The reason given by the 25 American lawmakers was that the BJP leader's government in Gujarat had not 'adequately pursued justice of the 2002 riot victims'.

The 25 members of the House of Representatives wrote to Clinton: 'As Mr Modi continues to pursue a potential run for higher office, we believe a change in policy to his request for a visa will only embolden him and his government's efforts to obstruct further investigations and the tandem prosecution that have still to be finished to bring the perpetrators to justice.'

The letter was released by Republican Congressman Joe Pitts and Frank Wolf at a press conference late on Monday although it was written to Clinton on November 29.

Stating that the earlier Bush administration had 'rightly denied' visa to Modi to enter the United States, the lawmakers said that since he is 'seeking support' to become the prime ministerial candidate, 'we expect' that he may again request entry into the United States, the lawmakers wrote.

'India is a thriving democracy, and one that is aspiring to a high standard of leadership and progress. It is disturbing that certain parties in India are considering elevating Modi, despite his tie to these attacks. Allowing him to enter the United States will only serve to abdicate his responsibility for the 2002 human rights abuses," the Congressmen added in their letter.