Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, whose proximity and business dealings with former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi has put her party, the BJP, on thin ice may now face the axe and forced to step down.
With the evidence of Raje’s son Dushyant Singh’s financial dealings with Modi in the open, senior sources in the BJP have told India Today that the party is willing to sacrifice her to stave off further embarrassment for the party. Sources also said the BJP is treating Raje’s case differently from that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who the party feels is only guilty of impropriety.
Meanwhile, Raje’s office on Thursday said she has neither sought an appointment with BJP chief Amit Shah nor has she been denied a meeting. The denial came amid reports that the party leadership had distanced itself in the wake of allegations against her in the Lalitgate. In a statement here, the Press Advisor of Chief Minister’s Office said that a few news channels showed that Raje desired an appointment from Shah but she was denied a meeting, which was “untrue”.
The CMO also refuted reports that 30 BJP MLAs went to Delhi in support of Raje. The CMO advised the media that they should any news before publishing or broadcasting them. After it was alleged that Raje had supported scam-tainted Modi’s immigration application in Britain, she had on Wednesday called up Shah and explained her position.
Sources had said Raje discussed with Shah the claims made by Lalit Modi and told the party chief that she did share family ties with the former IPL boss but there is no wrongdoing on her part. They said Raje has sought to explain her ties between the two families and her friendship with Modi’s wife but the documents being circulated in the media are “unverified and unsigned”.