BJP today said the issue of 65 MPs writing to US President Barack Obama asking him not to lift the visa ban on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi appears to be the handiwork of the "dirty tricks department" of the Congress and demanded a probe into the matter.
"The denial by some MPs of having written to Obama shows that this is a clear conspiracy of the dirty tricks department of the Congress. Some MPs have said their signatures were forged. There should be a thorough probe into the matter and the guilty should be booked," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has said that his signature on the letter seems to be a "cut and paste" job. Some of the other MPs whose names were said to be among the 65 MPs who have reportedly written to Obama have denied doing so.
"External help to contain Shri Narendra Modi? These 65 MPs have failed to engage with him politically. Sponsored activists don't trust Indian courts. Seeking external assistance to prop up their unjust cause. A third umpire in the USA for an Indian political fight?" BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said on Twitter.
40 Lok Sabha and 25 Rajya Sabha MPs were reported to have written to Obama on the visa issue.