Lalitgate: Spirited reply by Sushma Swaraj, lashes out at Congress

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Sushma Swaraj say she is ready to debate.

In a spirited defence, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, while replying during the adjournment motion moved by the Congress in the Lalit Modi row, said that she has committed no mistake.

Showing shades of a younger Sushma Swaraj, she shouted above the din in order to explain that her help to Modi was neither political nor moral.

Going hammer and tongs against the Congress, Swaraj read from Arjun Singh’s autobiography and asked the party why did they take Anderson, the key man, out of the country, at a crucial juncture.

Advising Rahul Gandhi, who is fond of going on holidays, Swaraj said “I suggest he take another holiday and do introspection. To study his family’s history and how much money his family received from Quattrocchi.”

Earlier, as Congress members raised incessant slogans, speaker Sumitra Mahajan and finance minister Arun Jaitley said, Swaraj was being wronged by being denied the chance to be heard.

The debate began at Jaitley’s insistence, who said the foreign minister was ready to rebut the charges that she helped a tax evader.

The row paralysed Parliament for its entire Monsoon Session, along with crucial legislations, including the GST tax reform. The Congress had insisted it wouldn’t stop disrupting parliament till Swaraj along with chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

To a set of seven questions from Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Swaraj replied, “I did nothing secretly.” Refuting allegation of a conflict of interest based on her husband and daughter serving as Lalit Modi’s lawyers.

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