Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is free to apply for an American visa and a decision on it would be made on the process that is in place, according to a senior US official.
"We said he (Modi) is free to apply for a visa, and we'll make a decision based on the process that we have in place here," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told media persons at her
In 2005, the State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to the US in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.
The US has repeatedly said there is no change in its long-standing visa policy relating to Modi but he is free to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant.
When asked about comments made by Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi in a recent interview on 1984 riots, Harf said, "I haven't seen those comments."