New Delhi, July 29: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh seems to have retracted from his previous statement on the controversy regarding Narendra Modi and his US visa. Now, the party president claimed that he would not plead US for Modi's visa.
Rajnath, who earlier had informed that he would request the US government to allocate visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister, now claimed that he has not come to US to talk about Modi.
During an interview with Times of India, Rajnath Singh said, "Well, we have not come here to plead or talk about Modi. It is for them to take a call on that and decide."
The party president was taking questions regarding BJP's role in seeking US visa for Modi. Continuing his statement, Rajnath Singh also added, "...though I am sure they also feel that the US administration needs to take a harder look and do a rethink on this matter."
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.
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.
A group of Indian MPs also had sent letters to US President Barack Obama urging him not to give US visa to the Gujarat CM. A forensic report also confirmed the authenticity of the letters as many of the MPs had denied reports of signing the letters.