‘Congress leader wanted me to help scam accused’

He said the recent controversies have dented the party’s image.


Yadav contended that if the accused ministers resign, they will emerge stronger after the probe clears their names.

A number of legislative bills are pending to be passed in the parliament and the Congress party has said it will not let it function till actions are taken against the three BJP leaders. “There has been enough of politics of slogan-shouting”. But the incident becomes all the more politically sensitive when it is done by a minister, who is in the midst of a controversy of helping tainted IPL boss Lalit Modi with travel documents in the UK when his passport had been cancelled by the Indian government.

This agitated the opposition members, who created uproar.

A combative BJP top brass today rallied behind Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and two state chief ministers who are under Opposition attack over Lalit Modi row and Vyapam scam, asserting that they have done no wrong and there will be no resignations.

Modi entered the Rajya Sabha shortly after noon as Chairman M. Hamid Ansari was adjourning the house due to opposition protests.

A BJP member’s remarks against Robert Vadra intensifies opposition protest and leads to adjournment of Lok Sabha for the day.

He told reporters that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose resignation has been sought by the Congress-led opposition parties, had given her “elaborate reasoning” at the BJP parliamentary party meeting during the day and the party wanted her to give it before the country.

But that could well turn out to be a futile appeal as the prospect of continued disruption of Parliament loomed large over the monsoon session with Congress effectively ruling out any debate till Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje quit their posts.

The government is in a minority in the Rajya Sabha, and the opposition, in previous sessions, had complained about the prime minister coming to the upper house less frequently. “So we will be fair to all states“, he said.

Swaraj has expressed her desire to make a statement on the Lalit Modi issue in parliament with BJP accusing the Congress party of running away from debate. Mr Joshi, referring to an allegedly derogatory Facebook post, demanded that Mr Vadra face a breach of privilege motion for having belittled Parliament. Transaction o business is expected to be very hard in the upper house as opposition outweighs BJP’s strength there.


Separately, a court has agreed to look into an allegation that national education minister Smriti Irani lied about her education degree. The Question Hour belongs to your colleagues. “They must simplify which actually arrangements of one’s legislation continues to be violated”. I by no means met her once more.

Robert Vadra