Lalit Modi row: Why PM Modi is quiet on Sushma Swaraj, asks opposition

New Delhi(WEB TEAM): Opposition parties on Monday questioned why the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is silence on the issue of External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj ‘helping’ scam-tainted former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi in procuring travel documents in the UK.

Speaking to a news agency, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, “PM Modi should tell us his thoughts on helping Lalit Modi. Why has Modi ji become ‘maun Modi’?

He also said whether the Prime Minister will only do event management, will he only talk about yoga?

Stating that serious charges have been raised against EAM, CPI-M secretary general Sitaram Yechuri said, “Prime Minister who has been talking about accountability and no corruption is now quiet. How this issue is going to be addressed.”

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday admitted that she helped expedite the travel documents of ex-BCCI vice president and former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, by writing to senior Labour MP Keith Vaz.

Meanwhile, the Congress party claimed that there is no need for husband’s sign for operation in Portugal. “Sushma Swaraj acted on humanitarian grounds to facilitate Lalit Modi, who has been accused of laundering several hundred crores. They say it is so that Modi could visit his ailing wife in Portugal and sign papers before the operation is conducted. However, as per Portuguese law, it is not a requirement to obtain the signature of the husband for any surgical operations,” he added.

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However, even though the opposition parties slammed Swaraj and demanded her resignation, Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Sunday defended Swaraj saying she did no wrong and no moral issue was involved.

Swaraj on Sunday admitted that she helped expedite the travel documents of ex-BCCI vice president and former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, by writing to senior Labour MP Keith Vaz.​

She further said that British MP Keith Vaz had spoken to her on the same, adding she believes that giving an Indian citizen ’emergency travel documents’ cannot spoil relations between India and the UK.