Raje sticks to BJP script, doesn’t meet top leaders in Delhi
By dsp On 27 Jun, 2015 At 05:26 PM | Categorized As भारत | With 0 Comments

77d79e16-e644-4a2f-9160-c25d0691b618wallpaper1Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje attended a meeting of the Niti Aayog in Delhi on Saturday, but contrary to expectations she did not meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi or the top BJP leadership in the wake of a raging controversy involving former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

BJP sources claimed that the chief minister was advised to return to Jaipur immediately after the sub-committee meeting and she did not seek any appointment with senior leaders.

Speculation was rife that Raje will hold talks with BJP’s top brass in the national capital at a time the party is busy battling a political storm over a document that she signed in support of Lalit Modi’s immigration application to the UK government.

In Raje’s defence, the Rajasthan unit of the party has said the document which she signed was never produced in court as she had backed out of it later. The local unit has also claimed that Modi’s investment in the chain of hotels owned by Raje’s son — another bone of contention in the row — was legal and had been disclosed to authorities.

While the BJP stands firmly with Raje, the party is of the view that her meeting with the PM and others would have only created more confusion.

Party sources claimed Raje had briefed finance minister Arun Jaitley about the issue involving her and son Dushyant Singh. Jaitley met BJP chief Amit Shah on Friday evening. The party leadership thinks that Raje and her son have not violated any law nor have they misused government funds to benefit Lalit Modi.

“News anchors cannot run the BJP or the government. We will prove the media wrong this time. Raje will not go,” a BJP functionary said.

Other BJP chief ministers who attended the Niti Aayog meeting also refrained from commenting on the matter.

But, the opposition stepped up attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government on Saturday, in yet another indication that the Centre will have a tough monsoon session ahead if it continues to back Raje and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who is also accused of helping Lalit Modi get UK travel papers.

“The Prime Minister should follow ‘rajya dharma’ and not ‘Raje dharma’ or ‘Lalit dharma’,” Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told reporters in Delhi, reiterating their demand for the sacking of Raje and Swaraj.

Targeting the Prime Minister, Kumar said that his response on the issues of corruption and black money was “very disappointing” after his “tall promises” made during the Lok Sabha polls.

“Instead of taking action on these issues, Modi has become the protector of those having huge black money,” he charged.

The AAP too questioned PM Modi’s silence over the controversy, asking why he had not addressed the people of the country over the issue till now.

“I think this entire episode makes Vasundhara Raje’s position as the chief minister of Rajasthan completely untenable. This warrants her resignation. And the big question is: why is the Prime Minister silent?” AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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