Monday, April 19, 2010

Haindava Keralam - Yet another bad news to Modi's rivals

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    • Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s rivals, who want him to be “blacklisted”, have some bad news. The ministry of external affairs, which issued a demarche to the European Union representative here over reports of a “ban” on the chief minister from travelling to European Union countries, has been told by the EU that no such restriction exists. India’s embassy in Brussels had also conveyed the absence of an EU directive to the headquarters.

      The issue was flagged off again by a delegation of German parliamentarians whose ``provocative’’ remarks against the Gujarat chief minister sparked off protests by BJP early this week. The delegation of two MPs, including a member from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), part of the ruling coalition in Germany, had allegedly said during a trip to Ahmedabad that Mr Modi was “persona non-grata” in the European Union countries and that Germany also supported the denial of visa to Mr Modi over the 2002 riots. The Geman lawmakers, whose visit was supported by a Christian Catholic Bishops Agency, had further criticised Mr Modi in connection with Gujarat’s new anti-conversion law and had allegedly described Mr Modi as a ``dictator’’ Following these remarks, Gujarat chief minister had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to take up the matter with the German ambassador.

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