Poll | Has Swaraj-Modi row exposed BJP's internal divisions?

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2015 11:30 IST

The Congress has ramped up its demand for the resignation of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after former IPL boss Lalit Modi claimed they helped him with his travel papers in UK.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue is raising doubts among the public.

In an interview, Lalit Modi said Raje had agreed to secretly back his application for immigration to the UK in 2011, when she was the opposition leader.

Modi also confirmed that he sought external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's help for getting British travel documents to travel to Portugal and that he was close to her family.

He also claimed that three other ministers, former union ministers Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel (both from the Nationalist Congress Party) and Rajeev Shukla (Congress), had helped him get travel papers.

He accused former finance minister P Chidambaram of pursuing political vendetta against him.

Swaraj's help to Modi and Raje's involvement in this issue has become an embarassment for the BJP with the opposition creating a lot of furore.

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