Modi aide, 74 others denied visa to US
Rupala had applied for a visa to attend the 3-day World Gujarati Conference in New Jersey beginning from Sept 1.india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 13:01 IST
The US embassy has denied visas to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's close aide and BJP spokesperson Purshottam Rupal and 74 others from the state.
Rupala had applied for a visa to attend the three-day World Gujarati Conference in New Jersey beginning from September 1.
"I had applied for the visa after I received invitation for the Gujarati meet, but the US embassy has rejected my visa application without giving any reasons," said Rupala.
The invitation to Rupal and many other politicians, spiritual leaders and businessmen from the state had come from the Association of Indians of North America (AINA).
A large number of those invited had applied for the US visa, but till now 75 applications, including that of Rupala, have been rejected.
Last year, the Bush administration had denied a visa to Modi following protests by US-based human rights groups over the 2002 violence in Gujarat in which at least 1,000 people were killed.
Following that, Britain had refused to accord Modi the status of a state guest and provide him with official security, leading him to cancel the visit.