Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who is embroiled in “Lalit Modigate” row, is expected to come face to face with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah and Union home minister Rajnath Singh on the concluding day of the Anandpur Sahib foundation day celebrations on Friday.
Sources close to Raje said she would visit Anandpur Sahib and would participate in the celebrations of 350 years of Anandpur Sahib. “As per the programme, she is slated to go to Punjab tomorrow,” said a state official.
Sources in Punjab said Raje would fly to Anandpur Sahib from Jaipur on Friday morning where she will share the dais with Shah, Rajnath and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal during the celebrations.
The meeting assumes significance as an embattled Raje had on Wednesday called on Shah to explain her position in the row involving former Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi who claimed she had supported his immigration plea in Britain.
Raje had discussed with Shah the claims made by Modi and had understood to have told the party chief that she did share family ties with the former IPL boss but there was no wrongdoing on her part.
Party sources said Raje had sought to explain her ties between the two families and her friendship with Modi's wife but the documents being circulated in the media were “unverified and unsigned”.
Her office on Thursday denied reports that she had sought an appointment with Shah or that she was refused a meeting, amid reports that the party leadership had distanced itself from her in the wake of allegations against her in the row.
In a statement in Jaipur, press adviser of the chief minister's office said a few news channels showed that Raje desired an appointment with Shah but was refused a meeting, which was “untrue”. It also refuted reports that 30 BJP legislators went to Delhi in support of Raje.
Party sources said Raje had been in close touch with the BJP leadership ever since documents came up suggesting that she had helped scam-tainted Modi's immigration in the UK by giving a written statement. Raje has, however, maintained that she has no knowledge of the documents being shown by the media.
Raje had distanced herself from the document purportedly showing her backing former IPL chief's immigration plea in Britain.
The Congress has been demanding her immediate resignation along with that of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, saying they have no right to continue in office after helping the former IPL chief facing money laundering and other charges.