US Congressmen’s delegation leaves for home

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The delegation of US Congressman and business leaders visiting the country left for home Sunday after a 10-day trip of India.

“After visiting Golden Temple and Jallianwala bagh in Amritsar, the visiting US delegates were accorded a warm adieu,” BJP national committee member and convenor of BJP overseas affairs Vijay Jolly said in a release.

During the visit, US Congressman Aaron Schock from Illinois, Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington and Cynthia M. Lummis from Wyoming – along with seven US business leaders – met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to visit America, Jolly said.

“A video live conference between Modi and US former speaker Newton Leroy ‘Newt’ Gingrich was also organised. In Karnataka, they had a meeting with Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar,” Jolly said.

The Congress party has alleged that the US Congressmen had been paid $18,000 (Rs.9 lakh) to visit Modi, a claim the BJP denied.

Jolly said the delegation also paid a courtesy call on BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

“US ambassador Nancy J. Powell organised a lunch in their honour at the American embassy New Delhi. A gala dinner was organised by Delhi Study Group in their honour and attended by ambassadors from 35 countries,” Jolly added.

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