Jaipur(PTI): Amid the raging row over Lalit Modi’s linkages with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday met her in Jaipur and said the BJP and the Union government were strongly behind her as “accusations” against her have “no substance”.
Mr. Gadkari insisted that Ms. Raje had done no wrong. He said that such issues should not be brought into politics.
“The allegations against Vasundhara Raje are baseless….Vasundharaji legally, logically, ethically is completely correct. There is no fault of hers anywhere,” the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister told reporters
There are accusations of linkages of the Chief Minister and her son with Mr. Lalit Modi, who is facing an Enforcement Directorate probe into alleged money laundering in an IPL tournament.
“These accusations have no substance. Doing this kind of politics is not right,” Mr. Gadkari said.
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|2||A report in the Sunday Times said Mr. Modi had used the names of Prince of Wales Charles and Duke of York Prince Andrew in support of his claim for a travel permit.Read more|
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|4||Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Mr. Maria to “provide information officially to the government as to what he has said in the media”.Read more|
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|6||Mr. Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi accused former UPA Ministers Salman Khursheed, P. Chidambaram and Shashi Tharoor of being behind the current controversy.|
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Documents supplied by Lalit Modi’s lawyer on Monday revealed that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had in August 2011 backed his immigration application on condition it would not be made known to Indian authorities.
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Hints at fissures in the BJP were made by party member Kirti Azad, who pointed to an in-house conspiracy targeting Sushma: