BJP president reaching out to US audiences

Washington, July 17 (IANS) The BJP plans to reach out to American political and business leaders and Indian audiences with party president Rajnath Singh slated to visit the US from Saturday.

During his July 20-25 trip, Rajnath Singh would explain his party's view on Afghanistan after the planned withdrawal of US forces in 2014, meet lawmakers from Democratic and Republican parties as also business leaders in Washington.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader would also address a public meeting in New Jersey.

He will deliver a key-note address at a conference on "India, Afghanistan and Regional Security", organised by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIDS-USA) and the US India Political Action Committee on July 23, according to Overseas Friends of BJP, the party's overseas unit.

This programme at Capitol Hill, the seat of the US Congress, will also feature Ajit Doval, a former director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau, former Indian foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, former Afghanistan intelligence chief Hamrullah Saleh and several US scholars.

Apart from interacting with Democrat and Republican politicians and Indian-American business leaders, Rajnath Singh will address the Indian diaspora at a meeting in New Jersey Sunday, according to Vijay Jolly of the BJP.

Rajnath Singh's speech will be live telecast by TV Asia, the US-based electronic channel for 1.5 million viewers in the US and Canada and worldwide, Jolly said in a statement.

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