PM returns home; takes stock with BJP top brass

Rajat Kain

Sushma-and-RajePrime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned to India after an eight-day visit to Central Asia and Russia, met top cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley and BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday. The PM and top BJP leaders are learnt to have taken up the current political issues concerning the party and the Union government.

Narendra Modi government at the centre is facing an aggressive opposition protest on the issue of Vypam scam in Madhya Pradesh and Lalit Modi controversy.

The BJP-run NDA government is already anticipating a tough monsoon session, slated to begin from 21st July.

The opposition, in particular the Congress party, is seeking resignation of Union External minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje for extending ‘help’ to controversial Lalit Modi. The latter is also mired in controversy over Lalit Modi’s interests in a business firm owned by her son Dushyant Singh, who is also a sitting BJP Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan.

ShivRaj_NitiThe other issue plaguing ruling BJP is a massive admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh, popularly known as ‘Vyapam scam’. The scam has lately been a cause of political troubles for CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Congress party, Left front and AAP demanding his resignation. Just last week the Supreme Court had transferred ‘Vyapam’ probe to the CBI after hearing the batch of petitions filed by the whistleblowers, lawyers and activists based in Madhya Pradesh. Even the former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh moved apex court demanding its intervention.

With Prime Minister returning home, both BJP and the Central government are expected to claim the gains made from PM Modi’s six-nation tour of Russia and five Central Asian countries, with a high point being Prime Minister’s meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia.

Modi-Nawaz-PIB-2-editHowever, that too has become a debating point in domestic politics with Pakistan’s near turnaround on the issues concerning 26/11 Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan. While, the post-meet joint statement by the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan emphasised on the headway, three days later Pakistan authorities sought more evidence from Indian side against the master Zakiur Remhan Lakhvi.

However, the ruling party has stressed that the official position of two countries should be read in a joint-statement, which it claims is a big headway with restoration of talks.

The opposition Congress has sought clarification from the NDA government on this issue too.