BJP withdraws invite to US diplomat for Modi’s Mumbai rally
With US showing no sign of yielding over India’s demand over Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade row, BJP on Sunday rescinded its invitation to the US Consulate in Mumbai to attend Narendra Modi’s rally in Mumbai on sunday.
BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy told news reporters that his party had sent invitations to 141 consulates of various countries, including the US, for Modi’s rally.
“These general invitations were sent to the consulates through e-mail by the Maharashtra unit of BJP with no specific persuasion to the American consulate to attend. We have now categorically rescinded our invitation to the US Consulate to attend this rally in the backdrop of what happened to Khobragade,” Rudy said.
“We absolutely do not desire that the US should be coming to this rally,” he added.
Pakistan Consulate officials were not invited to the rally.
Rudy said consulates of Russia, Australia, Zambia, Rawanda and several other countries have already sent their confirmations about attending the rally.
BJP had earlier invited officials from Indian missions of various countries to a rally in the national capital before the Delhi elections.
Khobragade was arrested in New York last week on the charge of visa fraud and subjected to strip search.
(With inputs from agencies)
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