Rajasthan CM Raje again dismisses reports about Lalit Modi row
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for the second day on Friday dismissed media reports about her involvement in the Lalit Modi controversy, including a report of a signature campaign by 120 party MLAs in her support.india Updated: Jun 26, 2015 15:20 IST
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for the second day on Friday dismissed media reports about her involvement in the Lalit Modi controversy, including a report of a signature campaign by 120 party MLAs in her support.
In a statement, a spokesperson of chief minister's office (CMO) said the chief minister holds "jansunwai" (public hearing) at her residence every Friday, and for this many MLAs come with the public of their constituency for putting forward their problems and demands.
"Similarly today, the CM is holding public hearing in which MLAs and party workers are meeting", the spokesman said.
"The news of signature by 120 MLAs (in her support) is completely wrong. It is not fair to link public hearing with a different view", he said.
The CMO said the chief minister never asked or made any call to MLAs to show their strength and support.
This is the second day that her office has rubbished media reports surrounding her.
Vasundhara Raje's press advisor had said on Thursday night that "false" reports were being run on the basis of "rumours" to tarnish her image and cause "political damage".
She is in the dock for reportedly giving an affidavit in favour of Lalit Modi, former IPL Commissioner who is facing ED probe into alleged money laundering in connection with organising of IPL tournament.
Lalit Modi has made London his home ever since the probe began in 2010.
The CMO on Friday also said that some channels were still broadcasting "baseless and untrue" news.
"The chief minister has not made any such statements shown in TV news channels. Some media channels were running news to tarnish the political image of Chief Minister", he said.
The CMO advised the media to carry only confirmed news.