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BJP foreign cellh its out at US ‘watch list'

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NEW DELHI: Joint Convener of BJP External Affairs Cell Vijay Jolly on Friday expressed dismay over the annual report by US Commission on International Religious Freedom and said its putting India on its “watch list” was unfair and provocative.

In a statement, Mr. Jolly said BJP is against categorising India alongside Afghanistan, Cuba, Somalia, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea on this US watch list.

The BJP leader said US advise to India on treatment of religious minorities was unacceptable and an affront to India's prestige and constitutional democracy. He also termed the US demand for pursuing investigation against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 communal riots as “disgraceful”.

Mr. Jolly demanded that the Government of India should lodge a strong protest with the US Government for this “mischievous” report that had called for the prosecution of a democratically elected Chief Minister of an Indian State.

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