Just a few days back, the American President said that they are waiting for the announcement of results and subsequent formation of new government in Delhi. In fact, US is about to name its new ambassador to India as well. However, in spite of all these happenings and developments, it’s yet to open its cards on the issue of granting visa to BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Obama on Monday, in his statement extended congratulations upon successful completion of free and fair elections in the world’s largest democracy. He said that India has presented an example before the world by conducting the world’s largest democratic elections and it’s a living illustration of its diversity and independence.

It’s estimated that over 50 crore voters have exercised their franchise to elect 543 Lok Sabha MPs in nine phases and the results are all set to be announced on 16th May.

The exit poll results have already indicated towards BJP-led NDA. It needs to be mentioned that US had taken a major step towards resolving issue of denial of visa to Modit when it dispatched its Ambassador Nancy Powell to Gujarat and tried to establish a channel of communication with the BJP strongman. However, Powell is retiring from her services soon and she is in the fag-end of her service life.

US also needs to announce its new ambassador to India after the formation of new government. It’s being said that US is looking to give a boost to its relations with India, especially after Devyani Khobragade episode, which created a bitterness of sorts between both the nations.

In the context of new ambassador, US Agency for International Development (USAID) chief Rajeev Shah’s name is also making rounds. Powell, who has already retired, will return to US by the end of this month.

Obama also said that US and India have forged a quite strong relationship in the past two decades and this has enhanced the scope of co-operation to deal with global challenges and problems of citizens in a proper manner.

However, US Department of State Spokesperson came with a twisted reply on the question of issuing visa to Modi.

JPN/Bureau

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