Pressure mounts as LalitGate kicks up storm

The Lalitgate is getting murkier as Congress on Monday accused the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of influencing the Enforcement Directorate over the Lalit Modi case, urging PM Narendra Modi to ask for the resignation of top ministers involved in the case for an unbiased investigation.

“Everyday new scandals are being exposed and yet the Prime Minister is silent on this. So isn’t the Prime Minister party to all of this? We want to ask the Prime Minister if External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje are not guilty under various laws and sections. Why is the Finance Minister giving a clean chit to Lalit Modi and Vasundhara Raje when the ED is investigating the matter?” Congress leader and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a press conference here.

“The Finance Minister is influencing the ED in the matter of Vasundhra Raje’s son and the Lalit Modi case. The way more names are coming up in the scandal, more people will have to resign for an unbiased investigation,” he added.

The BJP, which has been defending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj despite opposition demands that she be sacked for helping Lalit Modi, was hit with another worry last week when the former IPL boss claimed that Raje secretly supported his immigration plea in Britain.

Since this information came to light, the opposition has been clamouring for Raje’s resignation.


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