Lalit Modi row: Cogress Demands Vasundhara’s resignation
Senior congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today criticized the External Affairs Minister Shusma Swaraj’s action of helping Lalit Modi to get travel documents from UK and termed it as a violation of rules and a case of favouritism.
Addressing a press conference in Chennai, he posed the question if Mrs Swaraj wanted to help Lalit Modi on humanitarian grounds, why did she not write to the Indian High commissioner on the subject, he asked.
Mr Chidambaram demanded that the Government should ensure the return of former IPL Commissioner to India, to face the probe by ED on various charges against him. He demanded that the government release the letters exchanged between him as a Finance Minister and the chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, in which he had urged for sending Lalit Modi back to India as he was facing criminal charges.
The Congress today said Lalit Modi episode has exposed what it called murky dealings, wilful lies, unearthing of secrets documents, non-disclosure of business dealings and conflict of interest by senior BJP leadership. Briefing media in New Delhi, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, double speak of BJP in defending Lalit Modi, a fugitive of law, stands exposed now.
Sharpening party’s attack on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Mr Surjewala said, both the BJP leaders have violated various penal laws and they must tender their resignations. He said, the party will follow all the options before it. He also hit out at Mrs Swaraj for not disclosing her relations with Lalit Modi to Ethics Committee of Parliament or to the government, which is compulsory under Code of Conduct for Ministers.
The spokesperson said, Prime Minister Narendra’s Modi silence in the matter is an indicator of gross impropriety. Alleging that Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence were used by the BJP to help Lalit Modi, Mr Surjewala said, Modi is involved in 1700 crore rupees scam and 17 ED cases are against him. Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sachin Pilot said, Congress will start agitation in the state from tomorrow demanding resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Mr Pilot said, Mrs Swaraj had an excuse of humanitarian grounds, but Mrs Raje does not have that excuse too.