A New York-based Sikh rights group, which had earlier campaigned against Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, has launched an online petition campaign urging US President Barack Obama to cancel the invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.
“Instead of hosting Modi at the White House, President Obama should condemn Modi and ban the BJP for perpetrating violence against Muslims, Sikhs and Christians,” says the White House online petition which was launched by the Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) on Monday.
Obama has invited the former Gujarat chief minister to visit the US and have a meeting with him at the White House on September 30.
“In June 1984, the BJP instigated the military attack on the Golden Temple, resulting in the massacre of thousands of Sikh pilgrims. In 2008, the BJP orchestrated violence against Christians in Orissa,” the petition alleges.
The petition, which requires at least 1 lakh signatures by August 20 to gain any attention of the White House, had got less than two dozen petitions on the first day.
The SFJ had campaigned against Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in connection with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi.