No US visa for Narendra Modi yet, says Blake While acknowledging the economic progress and the exponential growth in Gujarat, which has made it an attractive state for investment, United States Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said that there has been no review on the issuance of a visa for Chief Minister Narendra Modi to travel to America. "No, there are no new developments on that. But, Gujarat remains a very important place for American investment. It's shown itself to be a very welcoming environment for American business to flourish. And we'll continue to promote investment, encourage investment into that state," said Blake, the Obama administration's point man for South Asia. In March 2005, Modi was denied a visa for his alleged complicity in Gujarat's violence in 2002, which left nearly 2,000 people, mainly Muslims dead. He had applied for a visa to attend the Asian American Hotel Owners Association annual convention where he was to deliver the keynote address. Interestingly, the refusal of the visa at the time to Modi came just two days after the visit of then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to New Delhi . The Congress Party-led United Progressive Alliance government had summoned the then US deputy chief of mission at the American embassy in Delhi, who at the time was Blake, and lodged a strong protest over Washington's decision saying it "uncalled for." The External Affairs Ministry at the time said, "The action on the part of the US embassy is uncalled for and displays lack of courtesy and sensitivity towards a constitutionally elected chief minister of a state of India ." The US embassy had said Modi's tourist and business visa issued in 1998, had been revoked and there was no chance he would be issued a diplomatic visa either. At the time, an angry Modi called the US decision "an insult to the Indian constitution and an attack on Indian sovereignty." But the US held firm and did not issue him a visa, saying the decision had been taken under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act, "under which any foreign government official responsible for serious violation of religious freedom is ineligible for a visa." Meanwhile, Blake, who returned from the Maldives after attending the 17th Summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation briefing reporters at the US State Department, said, Washington was elated over the continuing rapprochement between India and Pakistan, and the latter's decision to accord India most favored nation trade status. No US visa for Narendra Modi yet, says Blake - Rediff.com India News Modi should keep away all the US investments in Gujarat . Only the ones who grand visa's should be allowed to do business inside. Even multi nationals like PepsiCo inside Gujarat should be irritated to core. Fight fire with fire.