A day after Sushma Swaraj tried to explain her position in connection with UK governmment granting travel visa to Lalit Modi, there is no let up in the Congress salvo at her.
Both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi attacked her on Friday. While Sonia Gandhi called Sushma Swaraj an expert at theatrics, Rahul Gandhi went one step further to ask how much money Lalit Modi had paid Swaraj’s family to help him stay out of jail.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s comment that Swaraj was an expert at theatrics is an apparent reference to Foreign Minister’s emotional defence on the floor of Lok Sabha on Thursday.
On Thursday, in Lok Sabha Swaraj asked a rhetorical question about whether Sonia Gandhi would have let a patient die if she was in her position. Swaraj’s entire consideration has been that she intervened only because of humanitarian considerations.
Sonia responded that she would have helped but without breaking the law.
Congress decided to continue its protest against the decision of speaker to suspend 25 Party MPs in front of Gandhi statue, near Parliament on Friday.
Sonia Gandhi made her scathing attack on Sushma Swaraj there. Slogans were also raised asking PM Modi to break his silence regarding the charges of corruption and impropriety against several top BJP leaders.
In a multi-pronged strategy separately Rahul Gandhi attacked Sushma Swaraj. Rebutting her speech, Congress VP said that Sonia Gandhi wouldn’t have helped Lalit Modi, if she was in her position.
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Congress has been unwilling to listen to Swaraj’s explanation of ‘humanitarian grounds’. Rahul dubbed the entire speech hollow.
Raising the pitch of attack, Rahul Gandhi questioned whether there was any monetary exchange between Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj in lieu of her help to get travel documents.
He said that when theft happens, thieves come in stealth. Similarly Sushma Swaraj didn’t keep anybody in loop within her ministry according to Rahul Gandhi.
This is only likely to increase the biter acrimony between the government and opposition which has almost led to washout of the entire Monsoon Session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “old track record” of Godhra riots is preventing him from asking his junior colleagues, who are facing corruption charges, to step down, former Union Minister Manish Tewari charged on Thursday.
Tewari, while holding the Modi government responsible for current stalemate in Parliament, said that his party was raising a legitimate demand of resignations of leaders in question, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
“Prime Minister cannot ask the Ministers and chief ministers to step down even if he wants to… Because of his old track record of the Godhra riots,” Tewari told reporters here.
“Be it the External Affairs Minister, the Rajasthan CM or the Madhya Pradesh CM… If Modi asks them to resign, they will say that when you (Modi) were accused of the riots when you were the CM, we stood by you and now when we are being accused, you are asking us to resign so your (Modi’s) resignation should come first,” he said.
The former Union minister claimed that Swaraj wrote to the British government saying that the Indian government would have no objection if Lalit Modi (the ex-IPL commissioner) is allowed to move out of country.
“Before the present NDA government, the UPA government had written (to UK) that any such help to Lalit Modi would adversely affect the India-Britain relations,” the Congress leader said.
Tewari also demanded that communication between the then External Affairs minister P Chidambaram and UK government over this issue should be brought in public domain.
On Swaraj’s statement on the Lalit Modi row that she was helping a cancer patient, Tiwari asked ,”Why she did not feel similar humanitarian affection for other Indians stuck in UK?”