Calling the entire episode of Modi's meeting with US delegation a "marketing gimmick", Gujarat Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia on Friday, March 29 was quoted as saying, "This is nothing but a marketing gimmick by some global Public Relation firms to promote Modi."
Continuing his statement on Modi and his PR firms, the state Congress leader said, "though three parliamentarians and few small-time businessmen were here as a group of Overseas Friends of BJP, the impression was created as if this is an official US delegation and US government itself has extended the invitation."
"Thanks to whole PR exercise, an impression was also created that Modi has been granted visa by the US government. But fact remains that, in spite of repeated efforts through lobbying, not only past US administration but present Obama administration has too refused to change its stand over the issue of granting visa to Modi," Modhwadia added.
"The Chief Minister should refrain from misguiding the people of the state and should also stop spending state resources for his own image building," chided the state Congress chief.
The Congress accused the CM of bribing the US delegates to praise him but the BJP hit back at it, saying paying for visits is not a part of its culture.
A team of US Congressional and business delegates led by 32-year-old Republican member of the House of Representatives from Illinois, Aaron Schock met Modi on Thursday, March 28.
According to an official press release, Schock and his 16-member team believe that there was enormous potential to work together with Gujarat. It has also been reported that people in US are keen to work with Gujarat at they are impressed by the way Gujarat has facilitated investment. Hence, the US delegation invited Modi to visit the country.
The US has been denying Modi a visa citing his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat progroms although other western countries have lifted the ban from over him. However, of late, American businesses have warmed up to him.