Former Union Minister and BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain was issued a US visa on Tuesday morning to attend the UN General Assembly a day after four other members of a parliamentary delegation got theirs and left for New York.
Hussain said the visa came after Leader of Opposition LK Advani sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention. Later, the PM called Advani back to convey that the visa had been issued to him.
PTI quoted US embassy sources as saying that the visa was issued after all the procedures were completed and denied that it was issued following intervention by the Prime Minister.
Advani told Singh that four other MPs were given visa, but not Hussain. Girja Vyas, Sanjay Nirupam (both Congress), Ali Anwar (JD-U) and TKS Elangovan (DMK) are the other members of “non-official” delegation.
Hussain’s visa application was sent by the ministry of external affairs along with that of other MPs. Their passports were returned in time with the visa stamp.
Hussain was told that because of his common Muslim name it would take some time as the US embassy had to do “administrative processing.