Saturday, April 28, 2012

US unfazed on Modi despite Time leg- up

By Mail Today/ New Delhi Narendra Modi
THE Time magazine rating of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi seems to have had no impact on the US administration.
Washington has said in no uncertain terms there is no change in its policy to deny visa to Modi. “ Our position on the visa issue hasn't changed at all,” state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in Washington on Wednesday.
Nuland was responding to questions on the letter written by Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh to secretary of state Hillary Clinton that the US government should reverse its 2005 decision not to issue a visa to Modi. “ If we do respond ( to the letter), it will be along familiar lines,” Nuland said.
BJP sounded caustic in its reaction.
“ Modi doesn’t need a visa certificate from the US to remain a popular leader in India,” party’s chief spokes person Ravi Shankar Prasad said.