28 September, 2020

‘I Haven’t Manufactured Those Signatures’

The man behind the anti-Modi petition to Obama insists all named signed it voluntarily

Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘I Haven’t Manufactured Those Signatures’

Mohammed Adeeb, an independent Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, has in the past had close links with both the Samajwadi Party and the Congress. He claims he’s against the US or any foreign country meddling in India’s internal aff­airs. But his campaign and petition run against the grain of that idea. In an interview to Outlook, he offers his reasons for moving the petition and claims all the signatories put their initials on it voluntarily.

How did the petition to US president Barack Obama come about? Who took the initiative and why now?

I took the initiative during the 2012 Gujarat elections, when the British government and several European nat­­ions sta­rted reviewing their decisions on the ban on granting Narendra Modi a visa. I had earlier written to the British PM, since UK was one of the first countries to reach out to Modi. I decided to also write to the US president to know if the US was thinking of reviewing the decision not to give Modi a visa. When I...



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