July 24, 2013

MPs’ letter to Obama on Modi ‘forged’

‘MPs letter to Obama on Modi forged’

By Niticentral Staff on July 24, 2013

‘MPs letter to Obama on Modi forged’

In the backdrop of reports that 65 MPs have written to US President Barack Obama seeking denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, some MPs on Wednesday denied having signed any such letter.

Latching on to denials by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, DMK MP K P Ramalingam and CPI MP M P Achutan, a BJP lawmaker wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar urging for a probe into alleged forgery of signatures. The party also accused the Congress’ “dirty tricks department” of being behind it and demanded a probe.

Sudarshan Bhagat, BJP MP from Lohardaga, Jharkhand on Wednesady wrote a letter to the Speaker saying that some MPs have said they have not signed the letter to Obama.

“These are serious charges and amount to forgery. I have demanded that the Speaker should order an impartial inquiry and action should be taken against those responsible,” he said.

Yechury, whose purported signature was appended to the letter by 25 Rajya Sabha members has issued a statement denying having signed any letter to Obama. “I don’t remember having signed any such letter… It suggests some cut and paste job,” he said.

“I deny having signed any such letter. It is neither in my character nor in the principles of my party — the CPI(M) — to petition any sovereign country on matters that fall strictly within the sovereign domain of that country,” he said in a statement here.

“It is this very principle that leads us to strongly oppose and denounce any external interference into India’s internal affairs undermining its sovereignty,” Yechury said.

MPs’ letter to Obama: Yechury and others deny signing

Ramalingam, DMK MP, denied having signed any such letter. He said he always signed in Tamil. But he had no reply when it was told to him that his purported signature was in Tamil. Achutan, a Rajya Sabha member from Kerala, also denied writing to Obama. “To be frank, I don’t remember writing to Obama,” he said.

However, Mohammad Adeeb, Independent MP, who took the initiative for the campaign, denied Yechury’s allegation. “Sitaram Yechury personally signed the letter in Rajya Sabha in front of me with his pen. I am ready to face any inquiry and any investigation into the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has said the issue appears to be the handiwork of the Congress. The party demanded a  thorough a probe into the matter.

“The denial by some MPs of having written to Obama shows that this is a clear conspiracy of the dirty tricks department of the Congress. Some MPs have said their signatures were forged. There should be a thorough probe into the matter and the guilty should be booked,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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