New Delhi, July 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh ignited the controversy over Narendra Modi's US visa during his maiden America visit. Singh said that he would request US government to allocate visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister. However, the controversy seems to have divided the nation-led by Barack Obama.
According to media reports, US has been divided over the controversy. While Democrats were not in favour of allowing US visa to the CM, Republicans were broadly in favour of Modi.
A Chicago-based businessman Shalabh Kumar, who is known as a close aide of the Gujarat CM, was quoted as saying, "They (the Republicans) have the blessings of the party leadership."
Republican House representatives Aaron Schock, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Cynthia Lummis had visited Modi in 2013 when they had promised to work on his visa.
After their meeting with the Gujarat CM, Rodgers was quoted as saying, "We will work with the US State Department. We will be pleased to have Modi in US. we will continue to work towards making Modi's visit happen."
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.