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No issues against US, says Modi

Last updated on: March 21, 2005 15:05 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that he had no greivances against the United States for denying him a visa.

Addressing a large Indian-American gathering in New York via video-conferencing, Modi asked Indians living in the US to become ambassadors of the country and try to counter the 'propaganda' being launched by 'groups with vested interests' who wanted to defame India.

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Modi said that a 'disinformation campaign' was being launched to malign India.

During an hour-long address conducted from his residence in the wee hours, Modi sold the concept of a 'robust and
developed' Gujarat to the NRIs and went on to criticise those who rallied against his proposed US-tour.

He appealed to NRIs to make India a global hot-spot where people will line up to procure Indian visas.

'Decision taken at the highest levels'

Modi said Gujarat is a state with 'robust and world class infrastructure, effective water management policy and a
gas-based economy'.

He said there was sufficient scope of investment in the state with several Special Economic Zones, apparel parks, marine biotechnology park, pharmaceuticals and agro-product industries.

'A great victory for pluralism'

The US had on Friday revoked Modi's tourist/business visa and denied him diplomatic visa apparently over the Gujarat riots.

Modi was to make a five-day visit to US starting Sunday.

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