Sushma Swaraj and Vasundara Raje should quit

HYDERABAD: Demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi remove External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundara Raje, for shielding Lalith Modi, former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha Member Jairam Ramesh today questioned chief ministers, Chandrababu Naidu and Chandrashekar Rao, as to why they failed to respond on Lalit Modi issue.

Speaking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan here on Saturday, Ramesh alleged that misuse of official position and conflict of interests took place with regard to Lalit Modi issue. “Lalit is a person, against whom Enforcement Directorate filed cases”, he said and alleged that, on the one hand, Narendra Modi speaks about bringing back black money and fight against corruption, but on the other, his government protects Lalit Modi.

Jairam said he was expecting the prime minister, who was maintaining silence over the issue for the last 10 days, would speak and do something in the Lalit Modi issue after ‘Yoga Day’ on June 21. He also said that there was no response to the 34 questions raised by the Congress from the Modi Government. He asked the prime minister to make Sushma Swaraj and Raje resign from their posts.

Alleging that Narendra Modi was adopting double standards on the Lalit Modi issue, Jairam asked the NDA friends TDP and TRS to respond on the issue. Stating that both Chandrababu and Chandrashekar Rao speak volumes on good governance, Ramesh said that governance doesn’t mean protecting law-breakers and family members and demanded both TDP and TRS to clear their stand on Lalit Modi issue.

Making it clear that the Congress would continue its fight against Sushma Swaraj and Raje, Jairam alleged nexus among BJP President Amit Shaw, Goutham Adani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

He said that already the NDA Government’s black money promise and accountability were exposed. Reiterating his demand that Narendra Modi ask Sushma and Raje to tender their resignations, Jairam described the BJP as Bharathitya Jumla Party (Bharathiya Gimmicks Party). He alleged Lalit was proclaimed offender and Sushma and Raje became his accomplices, as they tried to protect him.

Calling Narendra Modi as an ‘Event Manager’ and ‘Salesman’, he said Narendra Modi has not invented ‘Yoga’ but ‘Lalitasan’ (Lalit Modi Asan) by closing ears, eyes, nose and mouth in regard to Lalit issue. He alleged that the BJP Government compromised on Lalit issue.

Responding to veteran BJP leader Advani’s statement that the nation was reflecting emergency days, Jairam said that the BJP leaders were ignoring the BJP ‘Margadarshak’ and another senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi by not listening to them.

Reacting to another question, Jairam said the BJP Government was playing ‘Vendetta’ politics against the Congress-ruled states like the chief ministers, Veerabhadra Singh and Shankar Singh Vaghela. (NSS)

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