Sushma Swaraj tweet: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi says he `will speak in Parliament`

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, July 22: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday assured that he would speak in Parliament over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s claims that a senior leader from the Grand Old party was pressing her to give a diplomatic passport to coal scam accused Santosh Bagrodia.

“We will speak in the Parliament,” Rahul told a horde of media persons outside Parliament.

Sushma has said on twitter that she will reveal the name of the Congress leader on the floor of the House today.

However, the Minister did not disclose the name of the Congress leader, saying she would do so in Parliament.

“A senior Congress leader was pressing me hard to give diplomatic passport to Coal Scam accused Santosh Bagrodia. “I will disclose name of the leader on the floor of the House,” Swaraj tweeted.

Swaraj is facing ire of the opposition led by Congress which is demanding her resignation for helping controversial former IPL Chief Lalit Modi get travel documents.

Bagrodia, who is a former minister of state for Coal, was on Tuesday summoned as accused by a Special Court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of Maharashtra’s Bander coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.

Special CBI judge Bharat Parashar had issued summons to former coal minister of state Santosh Bagrodia and ex-coal secretary H.C. Gupta in a coal block allocation case involving Rajya Sabha member Vijay Darda.

Bagrodia and Gupta have been asked to appear before the court on August 18.

The Congress yesterday disrupted Rajya Sabha over the issue on the opening day of the Monsoon Session. It rejected the government offer of a statement by Swaraj and a debate, saying she must resign first.

(With Agency Inputs)

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