New Delhi: Haunted by the ghost of Gujarat riots, Chief Minister Narendra Modi is still not welcome in US. The US has said there is no change in its visa policy with regard to Modi.
   
"Our position on the visa issue hasn't changed at all," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference on Wednesday.
   
Nuland was responding to questions on the letter written by Congressman Joe Walsh to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, that the US Government reverse its 2005 decision not to issue US visa to Modi. The letter by Walsh was written about a fortnight ago.
   
"If we do respond, it’ll be along familiar lines," Nuland said. In a statement, the Indian American Muslim community demanded the State Department should not change its 2005 policy on Modi's visa.

US lawmaker seeks visa for Modi

However, a US lawmaker had asked the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to reconsider the government's decision against issuing a diplomatic visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, drawing strong reactions from the Indian American Muslim community here.
    
Congressman Joe Walsh, a right wing conservative Republican and a tea party favourite had written a letter to Clinton, requesting her to consider granting a diplomatic visa to Modi.
   
The letter attracted strong reaction from the Indian American Muslim community who on Tuesday demanded that the State Department should not change its 2005 policy on Modi's visa.  

(JPN/Agencies)