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Cong rejects BJP's charge about MPs' letter to Obama on Modi visa

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 24 July 2013, 07:21 PM

Congress on Wednesday sought to disapprove of the move by MPs writing to U.S. President Barack Obama seeking denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying the “nation is bigger than politics”.

“The nation is bigger than politics...We do not know what individuals are doing. The issue has not been discussed in any fora of the party nor that of Parliament. Nothing has been discussed. It is a non-issue (for us)”, party spokesman Raj Babbar told reporters.

Mr. Babbar, a member of the Lok Sabha, said MPs could approach the Privileges Committee if they are alleging that their signatures were forged.

The reaction of the party came at a time when a major controversy has arisen over the move with some MPs denying having signed it.

BJP also accused Congress’ “dirty tricks department” of being behind it and demanded a probe.

Latching on to denials by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, DMK MP K.P. Ramalingam and CPI MP M.P. Achutan, a BJP lawmaker wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar urging for a probe into alleged forgery of signatures.

Sudarshan Bhagat, BJP MP from Lohardaga, Jharkhand, on Wednesday wrote a letter to the Speaker saying some MPs have said they have not signed the letter to Mr. Obama.

First Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 07:06 PM
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