Indian National Congress is all set to oppose the Minister of External Affairs Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) BJP government over the Lalit Modi issue. Agitations have been carried out by the Indian National Congress across the nation under the leadership of party leaders opposing the move of BJP government and its minister supporting Lalit Modi.
Congress Demands Resignation of MEA Sushma Swaraj for Backing IPL Ex-Chief Lalit Modi
NDA External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj is facing heat and resistance from the opposition congress. Congress party men across the nation have carried agitation across the nation alleging there was “quid pro quo” involved in External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj “assistance” to Lalit Modi in obtaining British travel documents and demanded that the scam- tainted former IPL Commissioner be brought back and tried in India. National spokesperson of Indian National Congress P L Punia claimed that “There are circumstances which establish contact between Sushma Swaraj and Lalit Modi. As a quid pro quo, Sushma Swaraj has done favour to a tainted person who is accused of Rs 700 crore money laundering, tax evasion and several other charges. There is a notice which has been issued against him. But he provided special favours. Within 24 hours, Modi was given total clearance to travel abroad. There is official position that continues to be same. But unofficially, she provided him help.”
Minister of External Affair Sushma Swaraj stated that she helped former Indian Premier League (IPL) on “humanitarian” grounds while this is condemned by the congress as “totally bogus” and one not standing scrutiny of facts. Spokesperson of Indian National Congress P L Punia said that BJP Chief Amit Shah in the Minister’s defence is “a lame excuse”.
Sushma Swaraj: Helped Lalit Modi on Humanitarian Grounds
He said “According to Portuguese law, it is not required for husband to sign papers before his wife goes under surgery. There was a circular from Government of India asking British Government not to allow him travel abroad. So, what the minister is saying is very weird. MEA Sushma Swaraj has had “long association” with Modi and on the basis of favours it received from Modi, he was helped.”
Congress P L Punia further added “Our stand is very clear, whether it was during UPA government’s time, whether it is now that in national interest Lalit Modi should be taken to task, law must take its course, he should be brought back to India. Trial should be conducted here.” On the other hand P L Punia said Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party which had stood out in support of Sushma Swaraj is free to express its views.
Sushma Swaraj is alleged by the opposition party congress that the Minister of External Affair has helped the ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi to obtain British travel documents. Congress condemned that current stand of the BJP government standing in favor of Lalit Modi which excoriated against him when they were in opposition.
BJP is Failing to Keeps its Words: P L Punia, Congress
Union Government of India and BJP leaders stood on the side of the Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj who helped and supported Lalit Modi to obtain British travel documents and rejected opposition demands for her resignation over alleged “impropriety”. The whole series of events regarding the Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj came into limelight after disclosure of emails showing Minister of External Affairs Ms. Swaraj spoken to Indian-origin British MP Keith Vaz and British High Commissioner in India James Bevan favouring the grant of travel documents to Lalit Modi to go to Portugal, purportedly for his wife’s cancer treatment in June last year.
Former Founder in Chief of Pepsi IPL, Mr. Lalit Modi is facing money laundering charges and accused in India fled to London. Mr. Modi made London his home since 2010 to avoid a probe for alleged foreign exchange regulation violations in the T20 cricket tournament held in South Africa in 2009. Congress government during its regime revoked his passport and had pressed for his extradition.