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BJP Top Brass Gets Into Battle as Congress Claims Lalit-PM Nexus

Published: 20th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2015 09:45 AM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI:  Under attack from the Opposition over its two leaders — Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje — extending “help” to ex-IPL czar Lalit Modi, the BJP appears to have decided to brazen it out. On Friday, it officially ended its silence to say that legally-technically no wrongdoing was made out in both the cases. While the BJP closed ranks to defend the External Affairs Minister, it dithered in its vindication of Rajasthan CM Raje. Raje cancelled her trip to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, where she would have shared stage with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party chief Amit Shah. Key Rajnath aide Sudhanshu Trivedi said: “We have already made it clear that there is no corruption. The Opposition is using these issues to make a mountain out of a molehill.”

“We were waiting for documents that surfaced in the media to be verified. After Raje said she was not aware of signing any in favour of Lalit Modi’s immigration, and no illegality in the case of her son, we decided to support them,” explained a BJP source.

Meanwhile, taking its attack to a new level, the Congress alleged a nexus between the two Modis — PM Narendra and Lalit — as well as Shah, Swaraj and Raje and said the only way for the government to “save” itself and the Parliament session is to make the duo resign.



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