NEW YORK - A petition urging the Obama administration to cancel the upcoming visit to the United States by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hit the 100,000 mark, which means the White House is required to issue an official response, according to a Sikh rights group. Modi, who was denied a US visa because of his role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state, is set to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on September 30.

Sikhs For Justice, a New York-based group which is spearheading the online protest against Modi, said that the 100,000 threshold was achieved Tuesday, a week before the White House deadline of August 20. The petition urges the President to condemn PM Modi his BJP for perpetrating violence against Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

The petition went online on July 21 on the White House's "We the People" Web site, with the headline 'Cancel White House invitation to PM Modi'.

Petitions that cross a threshold of signatures on the "We the People" website are reviewed by the Obama administration and an official response is issued.

"The overwhelming response to the petition indicates that strong anti-Modi sentiments exist among the American public who want that WhiteHouse should cancel invitation to a known human rights violator," the SFJ petition said.

"While Narendra Modi is infamous for his role in 2002 Gujarat massacre, the ruling party of India, BJP is notoriousfor participating in the attacks on places of worships belong to the minorities starting with the instigating Army invasion of the Golden Temple in 1984, carrying out demolition of Babari Masjid in 1992 and burning of Christian churches in Orissa during 2008."

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, SFJ's legal advisor, said they plan to picket White House on September 30 with the help of Muslims and Christian organizations, if Obama administration went ahead with its plan to host Modi.

SFJ has also sponsored an advertisement on Facebook: 'Sign petition, stop Obama from hosting Modi {Netanyahu of India}. Don't fund another Israel'.