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'Based On Selective Judgment'

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'Based On Selective Judgment'
Statement by Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India

The government of India regrets that in spite of its demarche to the Embassy of the United States of America for an urgent reconsideration of their decision to deny a visa to Shri Narender Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, the US has not revised its decision. The US Embassy today conveyed that their government’s decision in the matter stands. This disregards the fact of the constitutional position of the Chief Minister of Gujarat as a democratically elected leader and appears to be based on selective judgment.

Government believes that democratic tradition and practice must uphold the dignity of political office that is the result of elections and a mandate given by the people of a country or state. While it is the sovereign right of a country to grant or deny visas, the government does not find this decision by the United States in keeping with the objectives that India and United States share as democratic countries.

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