USINPAC activists and chapter leaders in North Carolina, Indiana and New York among others have actively reached out to members of Congress in their states to win their support for such a Congressional invitation, USINPAC said.
Bridging Nations Foundation, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization founded by Indian-American entrepreneur Prakash Ambegaonkar, to "promote shared prosperity by developing international dialogue through collaboration and learning," has also initiated a similar move. By granting "Prime Minister Modi the honor of addressing a joint meeting of Congress, the US would show to the Indian people and the world our sincerity in rebooting and elevating US-India relations,' it said.
The foundation urged Indian-Americans to "pick up your phone to contact your own congressmen" and request them to write to Boehner in support of the invitation. The Speaker's office has not yet announced a response to the two lawmakers' letter, but an invitation to Modi is considered highly likely given how US leaders from President Barack Obama down have reached out to the Indian leader since his resounding victory. The previous Bush administration had revoked Modi's tourist/business visa in 2005 for his alleged inaction during the 2002 Gujarat riots under a 1998 US law barring entry to foreigners who have committed "particularly severe violations of religious freedom". Though late in reaching out to Modi in the run up to the elections, the US quickly made amends with Obama congratulating him on his victory and inviting him to visit Washington. Modi has accepted the invitation, though no dates have been announced. (IANS)