The controversy around the former IPL boss Lalit Modi and the allegations of impropriety by the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje Scindia has generated very intense war of words between the BJP and its political detractors.
BJP spokespersons have been vociferous in defending its beleaguered leaders. Their defence has been aggressive, but at times become a subject of ridicule by the social media users.
Here are some samples:
On Sushma Swaraj committing an act of conflict of interest
Kirti Azad- BJP’s Aaasteen Ka Saanp (expression used to describe an enemy within) and Arnab (Goswami of Times Now) conspire against BJP leaders. Guess the snake. #IstandWithSushmaSwaraj
Sambit Patra- PM Modi doesn’t need to speak on manufactured issues.
BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao- Is Sonia Gandhi willing to accept all scam under UPA was scripted by her as Manmohan Singh had no say.
Arun Jaitley: Unhone jo kiya woh achchi niyat ke saath kiya, saari sarkar aur party isme ek mat hai.Kisi ko sandeh nahi hai. (Whatever she did, did with good intention. The entire government and the party are united on this. No one has any doubt about it.)
Kailash N Bhatt (Rajasthan BJP leader)- Sushmaji has been helping many Indians. If she did something for Lalit Modi on humanitarian grounds, what’s wrong with that?
Srikant Sharma (BJP spokesperson)- Aur Congress ke damaad? Unko kis tarah se bachaya gaya? Rahul Gandhi aatm chintan kare ki unke daaman pe kitne daag hai? (And what about the Congress’ son-in-law? How he was protected? Rahul Gandhi should do introspection as to how many spots he has got on his own image?)
On Vasundhara Raje Scindia becoming Lalit Modi’s “secret witness.”
GVL Narasimha Rao- By Attacking a woman leader, I think the Congress party is taking an anti-woman view. Appeal to Sonia Gandhi, who herself is a woman that Sushma Swaraj Swaraj and Vasundhra Raje were helping another woman (Lalit Modi’s wife) in distress.
Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Rathore- Main Nahi Jaanta Lalit Modi Kaun hai aur unki wife ka treatment kahan huwa. (I don’t know who Lalit Modi is and where his wife was treated.)
Chandan Mitra- We will see these kind of leaks of manufactured documents in next few days.
On Sushma Swaraj not consulting her foreign secretary Sujatha Singh
GVL Narasimha Rao- Ministers can’t keep their secretaries in the loop on everything. There are many reasons and sometimes the reason is that the secretary has competency issue.