BJP chief ministers from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje, flew down to the capital on Sunday, days before the monsoon session of Parliament is set to see fireworks over a range of accusations made against them.
Raje met BJP president Amit Shah and a host of cabinet ministers and party leaders at Shah’s residence here. Sources said she stuck to her earlier stand regarding her support to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is facing an Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe in connection with the 2009 IPL tournament. Raje maintained that she endorsed Lalit Modi in her personal capacity.
The CM is also learnt to have submitted documents related to ownership of Dholpur Palace that the Congress claimed belonged to the government and was illegally converted into a luxury hotel by her son Dushyant Singh.
The party, on its part, has decided to defend Raje as the monsoon session of Parliament begins. They are planning to aggressively counter what they see as the Congress’ baseless charges against the Rajasthan chief minister.
The meeting was also attended by Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, apart from party leaders like Shrikant Sharma, Sambit Patra and MJ Akbar.
Chouhan was also slated to attend the meet but could not reach in time as his flight could not take off from Madhya Pradesh due to bad weather. He caught another flight after 5pm and reached Delhi about two hours later.
However, since a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with key leaders had started by then and continued till late, Chouhan was in MP Bhawan till late at night. “He may meet the party chief late at night or in the morning, but we have no information yet,” said an MP official well after 10pm.
Chouhan is facing the heat over the Vyapam scam involving irregularities in admission to government colleges and recruitment to government jobs.