Press Esc to close
Monday 30 May 2016
News updated at 7:56 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 19.9°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

US Congress team denies money deal over meeting with Modi

Ahmedabad, March 30, 2013, DHNS

On the face of a raging controversy over whether visting US lawmakers were paid to praise Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the leader of the Republican delegation Aaron Schock said on Saturday that their trip “is totally legitimate” as it was approved by appropriate authorities.

Talking to mediapersons at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) on the outskirts of Gandhinagar, Schock rubbished the allegations leveled by Gujarat unit of the Congress party.

Gujarat Congress President Arjun Modvadia alleged that the visit of three congressmen from the Republican Party and a handful of “unknown” businessmen was showcased as an official visit and an impression was created that US has invited Modi as a part of conspiracy to market Modi by a foreign a public relation company Apco Worldwide and industrialists close to Modi.

Modvadia went on to allege that this PR agency had prepared a speech of Modi at Wharton and got the body sponsorship from a well-known industrialist from Gujarat.

And after Wharton rescinded its invitation to Modi, the sponsorship was cancelled.
The agency then went on to contact a group of non resident Gujaratis in the US and arranged for a speech by Modi, Modvadia alleged. He said that it was the same PR agency that had sent a delegation of three Congressmen of the Republican Party and four five small businessmen through “Friends of BJP” in the US and got Modi praised by them.

Meanwhile, Apco Worldwide has denied the charges leveled against it. In a statement issued to the media, the agency said: “Apco Worldwide is one of the strategic partners of the Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) of the Government of Gujarat alongside CII, PwC and FICCI.

We work to promote the biennial Vibrant Gujarat Summit and to position Gujarat as a global investment destination, which is designed to drive economic development opportunities for the state and job opportunities for the people. We do not work on Chief Minister Modi’s publicity campaign; we are not engaged to help resolve the visa issue; and had no role to play in the recent visit of a US delegation to Gujarat.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Dharani Selvakumar takes part in senior category, at the All Cargo National surfing event Indian...

Dharani Selvakumar takes part in senior category, at the All Cargo National surfing event Indian...

A large number of cricket fans cheers during the Royal Challengers Bengaluru V/s Sunrisers...

A large number of cricket fans cheers during the Royal Challengers Bengaluru V/s Sunrisers...

A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523