Disclose “transactions” with Lalit Modi: Rahul to Sushma

RSTV Bureau
Delhi: File Photo- Sushma Swaraj with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi during an IPL match in New Delhi in 2010.

Delhi: File Photo- Sushma Swaraj with former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi during an IPL match in New Delhi in 2010.

Launching another round of strong criticism of Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi lent a word on the resumption of normal business in Lok Sabha, but on a condition that Sushma Swaraj answers the allegations raised by the Congress party and among them the allegations of alleged financial interest.

“House will function once Sushma Swaraj discloses details of financial transactions with Lalit Modi,” Rahul Gandhi spoke before the press at the Parliament on Monday.

The Congress party is strongly pitching for her resignation also on the grounds of alleged conflict of interest, as Ms Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal and their daughter have been long standing lawyers for Lalit Modi.

“If Sushmaji wanted to be kind and charitable to Mr Lalit Modi why do it in secret, why hide, why not tell your Ministry, why not tell the country?” Gandhi alleged further.

For the last two months, the Union External Affairs minister is facing allegation of helping out Lalit Modi with travel papers in UK, to attend his cancer-stricken wife in Lisbon, at the time when his passport was revoked by the Indian authorities. The issue soon snowballed into a major political tiff between the BJP-led NDA government and the opposition, in particular the Congress party, with both the houses witnessing strong protest during an on-going Monsoon session of the Parliament.

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File: One of the many protests held by Congress party against Sushma Swaraj and other senior BJP leaders. Photo – PTI

As the protest intensified, Sushma Swaraj broke her silence over the issue by making a statement before Lok Sabha last week. Defending herself, even as the opposition was absent in protest, Ms Swaraj claimed she never recommended controversial former chief of the IPL. During in her speech at Lok Sabha last week she had said, “I challenge anyone to show a document, letter or email recommending Lalit Modi’s case to British government”.

Though she told Lok Sabha of “informing” the UK officials that their relations with India would not be affected if Lalit Modi was allowed to attend his ailing wife in Lisbon, Portugal.

The entire controversy has also given the opposition an opportunity to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “silence” on the issue. On Monday, Congress vice president once again criticised the Prime Minister demanding action against the senior BJP leaders embroiled in the controversy.

“Our PM does not feel it’s necessary to comment on it, he completely ignores the fact that the future of thousands has been destroyed by his CM,” Rahul Gandhi said taking on PM Modi on Lalit Modi issues.

“PM completely ignores the fact that there is a business relation between a criminal and his CM in Rajasthan,” Gandhi said further making allegations Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje who too has been battling charges of helping out Lalit Modi.

(With inputs from the PTI)