BJP flays US for denying visa to Dr Jitendra Singh
Jammu, June 25: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday lashed out at the United States (US) embassy for denying visa to its chief spokesperson in JK, Dr Jitendra Singh, who was invited to Washington by Republican Party of America and International Republican Institute.
The party also sought an explanation from Congress-led UPA government, saying “No valid reason” was offered by the American embassy for its action.
“The central leadership of the party will ask the US embassy to provide it with the list of BJP leaders whom the US authorities believe are unwelcome. Earlier US had denied visa to Narendra Modi (Chief Minister of Gujarat) without any valid reason and it has done the same this time by denying visa to Dr Singh,” the state president of BJP Shamsher Singh Manhas told reporters here.
He sought reasons for denial of visa by US Embassy to Dr Singh who, he said, is known for his “nationalist credentials.”
The American Embassy would also be asked to provide the criteria for issue or denial of visa, particularly when leaders like Narendra Modi or Dr Jitendra Singh had no criminal cases pending against them, he added.
Manhas also castigated the UPA government and the coalition government in the state. “Separatist leaders like Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq are provided all facilities by the state and central governments to travel abroad despite a number of criminal and sedition cases pending against them on the other hand national leaders from BJP are not allowed to travel abroad,” he said.
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