Two days before the parliament’s monsoon session starts, Rajsthan’s chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia met the BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on Sunday.
This meeting assumes significance in the wake of the controversy surrounding Raje for her alleged links with the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who’s currently being investigated by the ED for alleged hawala money.
The opposition parties particularly Congress had threatened to disrupt the monsoon session if the BJP didn’t sack its Rajasthan CM.
Among those who also attended the meeting were believed to be Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and Nirmala Seetharaman.
BJP can ill afford to have parliament disrupted as it intends to pass several crucial bills including the Goods and Services Tax bill and the land bill. These bills need to be passed by Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA lacks majority.
There are also reports that the Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, too is likely to meet Shah. Chauhan has been under immense attack from opposition parties in connection with the Vyapam scam, which has claimed 48 deaths including a journalist from a TV channel.
Raje is believed to have explained her side of story related to her links with Lalit Modi.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has made its intention clear by renewing its demand to have Raje sacked. The party’s senior leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday said that he hoped Prime Minister Narendra Modi would start the monsoon session of parliament by announcing Raje’s resignation.