|5/6/09: BJP flays Govt's permission to US team visit on religious freedom - Indopia|
New Delhi, May 6 - The BJP has termed as"politically motivated"the decision of the UPA government to allow a US-based religious freedom body to visit the country to assess the human rights situation in the country.
"The US Commission on International Religious Freedom was never allowed to visit India. The permission was granted with a political motive to present an incorrect picture of India&aposs diversity,"BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
He said governments led by P V Narasimha Rao, H D Deve Gowda, Inder Kumar Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpayee never allowed such institutions"to sit in judgement on India regarding human rights".
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been singled out in the USCIRF report on religious freedom as the only person denied entry to America under a special law for alleged"complicity"in 2002 riots.
Javadekar said the UPA government overruled objections raised by various officers who had objected to the"vitiated"method of reporting by the US-based body.
Modi&aposs name figures in the report despite the panel putting on hold the chapter on the status of religious freedom in India, saying this would be done after its team visits the country in June to gain perspective on Indian government&aposs response to allegations of communal violence in states like Gujarat and Orissa.