Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday attacked external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for her emotional statement on tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi, saying she was indulging in drama.
"Sushma Swaraj is an expert in theatrics," she told reporters at the venue of opposition protests outside Parliament over the suspension of 25 Congress MPs.
This comes a day after Swaraj made a statement in the Lok Sabha denying charges that she helped tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travel documents in the UK and questioned Sonia what she would have done to help a woman suffering from cancer
Party vice president Rahul Gandhi said there was a clear case of wrongdoing on Swaraj's part as nobody else in her ministry knew about her communication.
He also alleged there was a case of quid pro quo, saying the minister's family -- her husband and daughter were lawyers for Lalit Modi's firm -- received money.
"She should tell the country exactly how much money has Lalit Modi paid her family to keep him out of jail and away from Indian authorities," he said.
Sonia added that she would not have broken the law to help the former IPL chief if she were in Swaraj's place.
Sushma ji made a nice speech in Parliament yesterday- when the opposition was sitting outside. But her speech was hollow— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 7, 2015
She asked if Sonia ji would have done the same thing? As her son I will tell Sushma ji that Soniaji would not have done the same thing— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 7, 2015
Sushmaji's family has received money from Mr Lalit Modi.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 7, 2015
She should tell the country exactly how much money has Lalit Modi paid her family to keep him out of jail &away from Indian authorities— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 7, 2015
Swaraj had said Modi's wife Minal was suffering from cancer and that she wanted her husband to be by her side at a hospital in Portugal. The Union minister also read from doctors' testimonies to show that Modi's wife was going through a particularly critical phase of her treatment.
"If helping a woman cancer patient is a crime, then I admit having committed this crime and am ready to face any punishment from this House for it. If Sonia Gandhi had been in my place, would she have left a woman cancer patient to die?" an emotiotionally charged Swaraj asked.
The minister also claimed that she has not recommended to UK authorities for Modi's travel papers, and had left the decision entirely to them
Hours after her speech Congress hit back saying her speech was "hogwash" and contradictory to her earlier stand.
Congress leaders asked how Modi was travelling all over the world with the documents, if it was granted on humanitarian grounds.
Congress has stalled proceeding throughout the monsoon session saying that it will not call off protests within the Houses unless the government removes Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for their help to Lalit Modi.
A special Mumbai court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) against Lalit Modi in connection with a case of money laundering following a plea by the Enforcement Directorate.