Washington, Sept 14 IBNS | 2 years ago

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, the US said there is no change in its visa policy as far as the Gujarat Chief Minister is concerned.

"As to the specific case, there's no change in our longstanding visa policy. With regard to the chief minister, that he is welcome to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant," said U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf in her daily press briefing on Friday.

"That review will be, of course, grounded in U.S. law. And I just am not going to speculate about what the outcome of that review might be," said Harf.

Asked to comment on Modi's nomination, she said: "I'm not going to comment on domestic Indian politics. These are decisions for the Indian people to make, certainly not for me to make judgments on one way or the other."

The US had first denied Modi a visa in 2005 over allegations that his government did nothing to stop the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Modi has also not applied for a US visa since the denial.

(Posted on 14-09-2013)