Lalit Modi row: Congress slams reports of ‘mischievous’ deal with the government

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Noise worries Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh is talking tough
Jairam Ramesh
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The Congress  party has dismissed reports that it had offered a deal to government under which it was ready to support the passage of the GST bill in Parliament, if it axed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in the wake of the Lalitgate controversy, as “totally baseless” and “mischievous”. AICC Communication Department Chief Randeep Surjewala, said, “Sacking Swaraj and Raje are issues of righteousness, impropriety and holding Modi government accountable to their promise of not shielding black money hoarders of the ilk of Lalit Modi. Question of quid pro quo on this all pervading issue of morality and constitutional accountability does not arise”, he said. Rejecting the reports, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said, that, they are “totally baseless and mischievous”.

According to reports in a section of the media, Congress has come forward with a proposal for the government, to axe Swaraj and Raje, over the Lalit Modi row and get support for Goods and Services Tax Bill in Parliament. The reports said, the Centre has rejected the offer from Congress, which has kept up the pressure on the NDA government over ‘Lalitgate’.

It is said that, the Modi government has outrightly rejected Congress’ offer, saying there is no question of any deal with the Congress in the Parliament session, be it on GST or Land Acquisition Bill. Instead, the BJP has agreed for a debate on any contentious issue.

The Monsoon session of Parliament, which is set to commence on July 21, is expected to be a stormy affair with the Congress, giving more than ample indications of disruptions, if the government fails to take action on the Lalitgate issue.

Congress has been demanding the resignations of Swaraj and Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy, of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, for allegedly misrepresenting facts about her educational qualifications, in separate election affidavits, and of Maharashtra Mminister Pankaja Munde, for clearing purchases worth Rs 206 crore on a single day, instead of inviting tenders, in violation of norms.

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