Lalit Modi row: Congress seeks CM Raje`s resigantion for favouring ex-IPL chief

File pic: Vasundhara Raje, Lalit modi

New Delhi, June 24: The Congress party is all set to hold a protest against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje here on on Wednesday, demanding the latter`s resignation for allegedly favouring former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Congress leader Sachin Pilot had said that he will be a part of the protest lead by the party.

Pilot said: “The Congress party will be in the streets tomorrow demanding Chief Minister Raje’s resignation. I too will be there. The leaders in BJP and other parties openly say investigation must be there and these people must step down to allow a fair investigation.”

“She (CM Vasundhara Raje) must resign on moral and legal grounds to give way to clear investigation,” he added.

Asserting that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje must resign on moral grounds, Pilot said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to live up to his tall claims.

He said: “First BJP says Lalit Modi will be arrested the moment he comes to India, and then, they say the help was extended on humanitarian ground. The double standards of BJP have been exposed. I would have expected the Prime Minister to live up to his words of ‘no corruption’.”

Pilot further said: “Prime Minister Modi’s famous words ‘na khaunga, na khane dunga’ (neither will I take bribe, nor will I allow anyone to take bribe) have come back to haunt him. I am sure there are several others like R.K. Singh in the BJP who are of the same view.”

In what may come as an embarrassment for the Centre which has been defending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over her humanitarian aid to Lalit Modi, former Home Secretary and BJP MP RK Singh on Tuesday said it is absolutely wrong to help an absconder.

Singh said: “A Police Commissioner meeting an absconder is not correct. Lalit Modi should be brought back, he should face a trial. Meeting an absconder or helping him is absolutely wrong.”

Earlier this week, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had met Raje and said the BJP as well as the Centre are strongly behind her as “accusations” against the Rajasthan Chief Minister have “no substance”.

Gadkari also insisted that Raje had done no wrong and said that such issues should not be brought into politics.

(With Agency Inputs)


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