Congress rejects BJP’s charge about MPs’ letter to Barack Obama on Narendra Modi visa

'The issue has not been discussed in any fora of the party nor that of Parliament.'

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2013 9:22:14 pm

Congress today dismissed BJP’s charge that its “dirty tricks department” was behind Mps writing to US President Barack Obama seeking denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

“Nothing has been discussed”,party spokesman Raj Babbar told reporters adding “we do not know what individuals are doing. The issue has not been discussed in any fora of the party nor that of Parliament. It is a non-issue (for us)”

BJP has accused Congress’ “dirty tricks department” of being behind the letter to Obama and demanded a probe.

“The nation is bigger than politics”,Babbar said seeking to dispprove of the action by the MPs who wrote the letter.

Babbar,a member of the Lok Sabha,said MPs could approach the Privileges Committee if they are alleging that their signatures were forged.

The reaction of the party came at a time when a major controversy has arisen over the move with some MPs denying having signed it.

Latching on to denials by CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury,DMK MP K P Ramalingam and CPI MP M P Achutan,a BJP lawmaker wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar seeking a probe into alleged forgery of signatures.

Sudarshan Bhagat,BJP MP from Lohardaga,Jharkhand,today wrote a letter to the Speaker saying some MPs have said they have not signed the letter to Obama.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh was dismissive of the whole issue. “It is for the US to decide. We have nothing to do with it,” he said.

Speaking separately,Minister of state for Home R P N Singh said “it is for the US to decide as to whom it wants to issue visa or not.”

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