Reissue of MPs letter bad in taste, Yechury denies signing

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New Delhi, July 24: Why was Indian MPs letter on Narendra Modi's visa recycled? Were the MPs who had signed on the petition aware of it being reissued? In fact, Rajya Sabha MP Sitaram Yechury denies signing it. But one thing is clear, the MPs seems to have allowed themselves being used by anti-Modi campaign groups. If the issue was so emotive, the signatures of the MPs should have been taken again before reissuing the letter.

May be that was the reason The Washington Post called it 'unthinkable'.

"It is almost unthinkable that Indian lawmakers would appeal to the United States to take a stand on an internal matter. Most Indian politicians, many of whom still nurse a Cold War-era suspicion of Washington, would bristle at the very thought of it," the newspaper's staff writer Rama Lakshmi wrote in a blog post on The Washington Post.

"It couldn't have been easy, then, for 65 members of India's Parliament to fax a letter to President Obama on Sunday requesting that his government not grant a visa to Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat," the blog post said.

One letter was signed by 25 Rajya Sabha members and the other by 40 Lok Sabha members written on November 26 and December 5, 2012 respectively and re-faxed to the White House on Sunday.

Yechury denies signing the letter

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury has been denied signing the letter sent to Obama against visa to Modi.
Yechury, whose name figures at number 9 on the letter written in late 2012, on Tuesday had refuted claims that he was one of the MPs who has reached out to Obama to halt Modi's visit.

He had said, "I would be the last person to write to the US Administration and to do something like this. We don't want anyone to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. Secondly, it is up to the US government to decide on giving visa."

Mohammed Adeeb, Independent MP from Rajya Sabha, had expressed surprise on Yechury's retraction and said that Yechury had signed the letter. He said, "Yechury must have forgotten about it as the letter is six-months-old or he must be thinking that I have written some new letter and forging his signature. This is a letter which he signed in November 2012. His name is there."

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