Vasundhara Raje cancels Punjab visit citing “Health conditions”

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who is on the spotlight of the Lalit Modi controversy, canceled her visit to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. The Chief Minister was supposed to share the stage with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah.

Vasundhara Raje’s press advidor said, “Due to back pain, the Chief Minister’s doctor has advised her to take rest so she has canceled her visit to Punjab today.”

Raje, who has been caught in the middle of the Lalit Modi controversy over allegedly favouring tainted Modi’s immigration plea in London, was scheduled to share the dais with BJP chief Amit Shah and Union home minister Rajnath Singh at the function in Anandpur Sahib celebrating 350 years of the key Sikh shrine.

The opposition, Congress, has been demanding her immediate resignation along with that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying they have no right to continue in office after helping the former IPL chairman who is facing money laundering and other charges.

Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, however, rejected demands for Raje’s resignation, saying the entire national BJP and party MLAs were with her.

“The entire BJP be it at the Centre or the state are with her. She has been leading us and will continue to do so. The entire legislature party is standing strongly with her. Our leadership is standing by her. The question of her resignation does not arise,” Rathore said.

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