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Jaipur: Rajasthan BJP Chief Ashok Parnami addresses a press conference in Jaipur on June 19, 2015. (Photo: IANS)
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New Delhi: The BJP on Friday stood firmly behind Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, saying that the authenticity of the documents being cited to show that she had helped former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi are not verified.

“Vasundhara has never denied her close family relations with Lalit Modi and the validity of those documents which were produced is yet to be verified,” BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said at a press conference.

Raje is embroiled in a controversy over allegations that she testified in favour of Lalit Modi’s British immigration application in 2011 and Modi made investments in her son’s company.

“It is not corruption either technically or legally…The Opposition is not able to debate with the government on positive issues, so they are blowing this out of proportion. I want to ask under which government’s rule did the Lalit Modi corruption case was discovered,” said Trivedi.

Rejecting the Opposition’s demand for Raje’s resignation, Trivedi said there was no truth in the charges against Raje.

“Is there any substantive evidence? Is there any corruption?” he added.

“As far as Dushyant Singh’s case is concerned, all these facts given in I.T. returns and election affidavit are already in the public domain,” he added.

Dushyant is a BJP MP from Jhalawar-Baran constituency in Rajasthan.

The BJP continued to defend Sushma Swaraj as well for her alleged role in extending help to the former IPL chief procure travelling documents.

“Our president has already spoken on the issue and that’s the stand of the party. Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh have also clarified the stand. After their comments, there is nothing more to add,” Trivedi told media persons when asked about Swaraj’s alleged help to Lalit Modi.

Sushma Swaraj had allegedly helped Lalit Modi in procuring documents to travel to Portugal last year for his cancer-stricken wife’s treatment.

Earlier in the day, Raje cancelled her visit to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, citing health reasons.

She was to share the dias with BJP president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh there.

However, a BJP leader informed on the condition of anonymity that she cancelled her programme after a message from Amit Shah’s office. (IANS)

 

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS