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Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje drawn into Lalit Modi controversy: Can the NDA government now be called 'scam free'?

india Updated: Jun 18, 2015 15:33 IST
HT Correspondent

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.

Former finance minister P Chidambaram targeted Swaraj for helping ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi get travel documents in UK. The Congress leader asked a set of seven questions, saying the NDA regime twisted rules and regulations.

In reply to Chidambaram, the BJP accused him of making "baseless" allegations against Swaraj to hide the "failures" of the UPA government to initiate action against the former IPL chief.

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.