PM Narendra Modi, in line of the Opposition’s fire for his silence on controversies surrounding three chief ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party — Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) — will come face to face with them at a meeting of the Niti Aayog on July 15.
Every chief minister is invited for the meeting where the PM is likely to take up the land acquisition amendment bill, currently being examined by a joint committee of Parliament.
The meeting between the PM and all chief ministers comes a month after Raje was embroiled in a controversy for her links with former IPL boss Lalit Modi. Since then, Chouhan too has witnessed political turbulence over Vyapam deaths. The Opposition has also demanded Singh’s resignation for alleged involvement of his relatives and close aide in the “rice scam”.
“But the PM is unlikely to meet them separately. It would give fresh ammunition to the Opposition. The party has given clean chit to all three of them and the PM does not have a different view on the matter,” a BJP leader said.
Raje had, on June 27, attended a meeting of the Niti Aayog sub-group headed by Chouhan but returned to Jaipur immediately after it without meeting the PM or any other BJP leader. Chouhan also visited the national capital recently to attend an official meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.