Even before coming to power, BJP appears to have started flexing its muscle with the US with which the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has had frosty relations over denial of visa.
In a letter to the US Ambassador in Delhi, global convener of BJP’s overseas affairs cell Vijay Jolly on Wednesday demanded that the “US House of Respresentatives should not pass” a legislation — US Immigration Reform Bill S-744 — as “it is against Indo-US Friendship”.
“We recall that the US Senate last year had passed this bill and it is now due for consideration in the US House of Respresentatives by June 2014. This bill shall have adverse restrictions on Indian H1B and L1 visa holders. The Indian IT industry as well as NRI IT industry in US shall be adversely affected. Indian exports to US shall suffer big losses while nearly half a million Indian engineers shall be directly affected,” Jolly wrote, demanding a halt to the legislation.
“India-US business interests will be the hardest hit. And this is not acceptable. We need to improve relations rather than sour them. We urge, through you, that the US House of Representatives should not pass this bill without deleting its anti-Indian provision,” he wrote.