No let up from Congress on Lalit Modi issue
Congress President Sonia Gandhi labels Sushama Swaraj as expert in theatrics
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday attacked external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for her emotional statement on tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi, saying she was indulging in drama.
“Sushma Swaraj is an expert in theatrics,” she told reporters at the venue of opposition protests outside Parliament over the suspension of 25 Congress MPs.
Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today asked Sushma Swaraj to disclose the amount of money Lalit Modi paid her family to keep him out of jail.
“Sushma ji should tell how much money Lalit Modi gave to her family to keep him out of the jail,” Rahul said.
Earlier, rejecting the clarification given by Sushma swaraj in Lok Sabha yesterday , Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said that the External Affairs Minister is an expert in theatrics.
Party vice president Rahul Gandhi said there was a clear case of wrongdoing on Swaraj’s part as nobody else in her ministry knew about her communication.
He also alleged there was a case of quid pro quo, saying the minister’s family — her husband and daughter were lawyers for Lalit Modi’s firm — received money.
Swaraj had said Modi’s wife Minal was suffering from cancer and that she wanted her husband to be by her side at a hospital in Portugal. The Union minister also read from doctors’ testimonies to show that Modi’s wife was going through a particularly critical phase of her treatment.
“If helping a woman cancer patient is a crime, then I admit having committed this crime and am ready to face any punishment from this House for it. If Sonia Gandhi had been in my place, would she have left a woman cancer patient to die?” an emotiotionally charged Swaraj had asked yesterday.