The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has invited Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to be the guest of honour at its 38th Anniversary Leadership Summit in Washington DC on July 11.
The invitation comes just weeks after Akhilesh boycotted an event at Harvard University to protest against the alleged misbehaviour with Urban Development Minister Azam Khan at Logan International Airport in Boston. Mulayams brother and PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav even wrote a letter to US President Barack Obama saying that the treatment meted to Azam reflected racial discrimination in the US.
In a meeting with Akhilesh on March 13 in Lucknow,USIBC president Ron Somers verbally invited him to the US to address their annual meeting on June 27 and interact with business leaders there to boost investment in the state. Somers had also suggested that Akhilesh organise road shows in the US to highlight investment opportunities in UP. That meeting - the Anniversary Leadership Summit - has now been rescheduled to July 11.
The USIBC is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce and the premier business advocacy organisation representing Americas top companies investing in India,along with global Indian companies.
A formal invitation letter has been sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to be the guest of honour at USIBCs 38th Anniversary Leadership Summit, Kathryn Van Dyken,Manager,Programmes and Communications,USIBC,told The Indian Express via email. Mulayam has also been invited,Kathryn added.
Akhilesh and Mulayam,sources said,are yet to receive the letters.
A top official in the chief ministers secretariat said,In a March meeting in Lucknow,the USIBC invited the CM to attend its AGM that will now be held in July. We are expecting a formal invitation but have not received it yet.
Officiating Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said,I have not received any invitation letter from the USIBC for the chief minister so far.
On Azams brief detention at Boston airport,an USIBC representative in an email reply said,We did read the reports in the papers like everyone but we do not have any knowledge regarding this incident. Minister Khan was not here on USIBC business and USIBC president Ron Somers did not meet with him as some reports falsely stated.