A leaked email revealing that Lalit Modi offered Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal a post in the board of his family-run company months after the external affairs minister helped him secure travel documents in the UK has failed to earn the Congress any new support in its bid to force the minister to resign.
The party, so far, has got limited support from the Opposition. The Left, JD (U) and DMK reportedly want Swaraj’s resignation too, but other parties, including the Trinamool Congress have refused to take a stand. Fence-sitters like the Samajwadi Party, BSP and BJD were non-committal on the minister’s resignation.
“We are not saying anything on this issue,” said TMC’s chief spokesperson Derek O’Brian.
The BJD, which surprised many by demanding HRD minister Smriti Irani’s ouster regarding the controversy over her educational qualifications, indicated it would rather wait and watch. “We will decide our stance at an appropriate time,” said party leader Bhartruhari Mahtab.
While the Congress has regularly brandished documents exposing the links between Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and the former IPL boss, party insiders told HT that it was struggling to get documents against Swaraj who facilitated the issuance of travel documents for Modi, wanted for questioning in India in connection with corruption cases. When reminded that all Opposition parties are not seen with the Congress, its spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: “Whether others join us or not, we will remain adamant on our ideological position.”
Sonia, Rahul return
After their “short international visit”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul and Priyanka have returned to Delhi. Rahul returned on Wednesday morning while Sonia and Priyanka came back on Tuesday. The Congress expects Rahul to add impetus to the party’s campaign in the Lalit Modi row.