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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

'DMK MPs didn't write letter against Modi to US'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chennai, July 25, 2013
First Published: 14:05 IST(25/7/2013) | Last Updated: 16:23 IST(25/7/2013)

DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on Thursday warned of action against party MPs if it was found they had signed the petition to US President Barack Obama urging denial of visa to Narendra Modi.

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The DMK does not approve of interference with the Centre's foreign policy, he said in a statement. "DMK doesn't interfere with internal affairs of a foreign country." 

Karunanidhi said his party MPs had already denied signing the letter on the Modi visa issue.

On last Sunday, letters which were written in November and December 2012 by 65 Indian MPs asking US President to continue to deny Modi a visa, were re-sent.

The controversy over 65 Members of Parliament signing a letter urging US President Barack Obama not to issue a visa to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had taken a new turn on Wednesday.

Nine MPs denied signing any such letter, prompting the BJP to demand an inquiry into what it called “dirty tricks” of the Congress against Modi.

The MPs who denied signing the anti-Modi letter include five Congress leaders,  CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, DMK’s KP Ramalingam and CPI MP’s Achutan, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MPs Vandana Chavan and Sanjeev Naik.

While Congress MPs Marotrao Kowase, Anil Lad and Jayantrao Avale denied signing the letter, their party colleagues Pradip Bhattacharya and Joy Abraham said they did not remember whether they signed such a plea.

The government’s stand was that it was not right for anyone to involve a third country in domestic issues while the Congress said it was a “non-issue.”


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