CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday denied that he signed a petition to U.S. President Barack Obama, urging denial of visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He said it appeared a “cut and paste” job.

In a statement here, a day after it was reported that 64 MPs, across the States, had written to Mr. Obama, the CPI(M) leader in the Rajya Sabha said: “”It is neither in my character nor in the principles of my party to petition any sovereign country on matters that fall strictly within the sovereign domain of that country. It is this very principle that leads us to strongly oppose and denounce any external interference in India’s internal affairs undermining its sovereignty.”

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