The country's software industry has slammed as discriminatory a decision by the US state of Ohio to ban offshoring of information technology projects.
The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) termed the move as "electoral rhetoric" while industry watchers linked it to Congressional elections due in November.
"It is imperative that the focus on free trade remains strong," Nasscom said, adding the Ohio ban reinforced the industry stand against discrimination.
The Ohio government's decision comes shortly after the US Senate last month approved a hefty rise in IT-related visa fees. US accounts for 61 per cent of India's $37 billion (nearly Rs. 1.74 lakh crore) IT exports.
The ban came after after a firm was found to have used call centres in the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.
"Outsourcing jobs don't reflect Ohio values," Governor Ted Strickland had said while issuing the August 6 order.
There was no word on whether any company funded by Ohio was offshoring to India.