‘India has a weak PM’: Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi on H-1B visa, Kashmir issue

With the Trump administration looking to revamp the H-1B visa programme which allows Indian techies to work for US companies, PM Modi was expected to bring up the issue during his meeting with the President. The Hindu reported that the "issue was notable for its absence" during his visit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2017 3:00 pm
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“India has a weak PM.” These were words tweeted by the office of Rahul Gandhi’s handle, attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to raise the H-1B visa issue with the US administration during his last month’s visit to Washington. The tweet also carried a screenshot of another news report by The Hindu on the MEA having no qualms about the US using the term “Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir”, while designating Hizbul Mujhahideen commander Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.

With the Trump administration looking to revamp the H-1B visa programme which allows Indian techies to work for US companies, PM Modi was expected to bring up the issue during his meeting with the President. The Hindu, citing a source, reported that the “issue was notable for its absence” during PM Modi’s visit.

“In any case, the H-1B programme is undergoing a legislative review and there’s not much the executive branch can do,” according to The Hindu source.

“India may suffer disproportionately from changes to the H-1B visa regime, but that’s because it had also gained disproportionately from the 25-year old programme that allows U.S. tech companies to import skilled labour for skill sets that aren’t locally available,” the source said.

On the “Indian-administered Jammu & Kashmir” issue, MEA last week said: “The use of the term ‘Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’ merely affirms our position that Syed Salahuddin has been involved in cross-border terrorism in India”.

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