Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:45:00 GMT | By PTI

'Visa for Modi' US lawmaker loses in election

Washington: The only US lawmaker to have publicly advocated revocation of visa ban on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lost the Congressional election to a Democrat.

'Visa for Modi' US lawmaker loses in election (© Reuters)

Joe Walsh, a far-right Tea Party member, was defeated resoundingly by Democrat Tammy Duckworth in the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois by nearly 10 percentage points.

His defeat was welcomed by several Indian American groups, including the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC). "In a nation that cherishes tolerance, Mr Walsh's defeat demonstrates the futility of divisive agendas and the promotion of human rights violators," said Shaheen Khateeb, president of IAMC.

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