"We had never said anything in the matter. It is between Modi and the External Affairs Minister. This is something between the governments of India and US. Why should I comment," party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters. (JPN/Agencies)
He was responding to a question how Congress looks at the US invite to Modi after years of visa denial to him to visit that country.
Congress had criticized Modi several times in the past over US denying visa to him in the wake of 2002 Gujarat riots.
Extending a formal invitation to Modi for a visit to US, President Barack Obama has expressed keenness to work closely with him to make the bilateral relations a ‘defining partnership’ in the 21st century.
Obama's letter of invitation was handed over to Modi by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns when he called on him in the national capital.
Singhvi also steered clear of questions as to why nobody sits next to the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha. "Why are you asking this question to me? You ask the Prime Minister. You ask the Speaker," he said.
The Congress spokesperson also avoided an immediate response to the government's decision asking the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to vacate its current premises.
Meeting between Modi, Obama matter of governments of both nations: Congress
Congress took potshots on Modi on numerous occasions in the past over visa denial by US
Obama expressed his desire to work closely with Modi to give a boost to US-India bilateral ties
"We have a certain view but want to give a structured response. It is in waiting. Let us wait for a day or two. You will get a structured response," he said.
On Polavaram project issue, the Congress spokesman counselled the two new states -Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - against fighting over the issue.
His advice was that both states should look to the future as there was no point quarreling over a ‘done deal’.
"We had never said anything in the matter. It is between Modi and the External Affairs Minister. This is something between the governments of India and US. Why should I comment," party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.