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NRI Gujaratis to pressurise Bush for Modi's US visa

Vadodara, May 18, 2006
US-based Association of Indian American of North America (AIANA) will pressurise President George W Bush to grant a US visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi enabling him to attend a Gujarati conference in New Jersey.
The three-day 'Chaalo Gujarat' conference will be held at Edison, New Jersey, from September 1 to 3, said Pranav Amin, member of the international committee of AIANA.

The organisation has approached several senators of the US to take up the issue of Modi's visa with the US administration, he said, adding that the chief minister was invited as a representative of five crore Gujaratis.

AIANS is one of the organisations that had invited Modi to US in 2005 to address a conference. Modi, however, could not attend the it due to cancellation of his visa on the basis of his role during the Godhra riots in 2002.

Modi had addressed that meeting via video conference from his residence in Gandhinagar.

The eminent personalities attending the conference include Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, Union Textle MInister Shankarsinh Vaghela, the Ambani brothers, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel and BCCI selection committee chairman Kiran More.

About 30,000 NRI Gujaratis have been invited to attend the conference


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