Washington DC. Ashish Gupta. India Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, a former IFS officer cancelled her meetings with US Congressional delegation, comprising of Congressman George Holding (North Carolina), Pete Olson ( Texas), David Schweikert (Arizona), Robert Woodall ( Arizona) and Madeleine Bordallo ( Guam), was an act of haste and wrongful emotions, said US, NRI Attorney Gurdeep Rai.
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Mr. Bhanga, regrets the inconvenience the US Congressional delegation, put through, since it reflects immaturity on the part of the Speaker, in understanding the relationship built by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Indian Overseas Congress President Vikram Bajwa, minced no words in suggesting AICC President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, to intervene in the matter and request Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid, to put a lid on this personal matter of Consul Mrs. Devyani Khobargade and move ahead with Indo-US Relations, as envisoned by UPA Chairwoman Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh. “The US Visa row of the Indian Diplomat is a petty personal matter, Government of India, needs to reserve its statement, on such issues”, said Mr. Mahesh Goyal of Overseas BJP.
IOC General Secretary Sunil Malhotra has emailed Vice President Rahul Gandhi, to meet the Congressional delegation and invite them to India Lok Sabha, as speakers, to take the Indo-US relations to the next level.
NRI Association Texas, Chairman Mr. Anil Dutta, offered an apology to Congressman Pete Olson and the delegation on behalf the Association. Former IFS Officer Jagdish Patel and NRI’s in Phoneix, Arizona condemned the haste decision, undertaken by such a senior Diplomat Mrs. Meira Kumar and offered apologies to the US Congressional delegation, while welcoming them to India.