Opposition parties have stepped up attack against the BJP on the controversy involving its senior leaders, Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhra Raje Scindia and Dushyant Raje.
Leading the attack was Congress’ Sachin Pilot, who demanded the immediate resignation of the Rajasthan CM.
He told a news agency, “Finance minister himself has said that notices will be sent against him (Lalit Modi). An investigation must start, but for the investigation to be meaningful these people must resign from their posts.”
Elsewhere, another Congress leader Gurudas Kamat described Raje’s role as ” a serious issue for Rajasthan” adding that both “Vasundhara Raje and her son need to resign.”
He added, “The amount that came from Mauritius is in her son’s account. Who will buy Rs 10 share for Rs 96000? It’s a black money. Not only should Sushma resign, both Raje and her son should also be prosecuted under money laundering offence.”
This is the first major controversy surrounding the centre’s BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Not long ago, both the PM and his several other cabinet colleagues had hailed for completing one year in office without any incident of corruption.
Commentators are unanimous that protecting these three beleaguered leaders may prove costly for the saffron brigade.
Former diplomat KC Singh told Times Now, which has been leading the campaign against the three BJP leaders, “Both women acted clandestinely. Both had children as beneficiaries. Both could have functioned openly.”
Singh said that the cover up by the BJP was going to be costlier for the party than the act of impropriety itself.