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Lalitgate: Congress questions PM's silence, says he too is liable

The party said that the PM knows everything about his ministers and could not have been unware of Swaraj's action

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Congress today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "silence" on the Lalitgate, saying he should come out of his 'meditation' and answer the nation as he too is "liable".

"It is ordinance raj. All mantris have become tantris. One minister, what he or she eats, drinks, where they go. The Prime Minister knows everything. But he is unaware when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was talking to UK authorities on Lalit Modi's travel documents.

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"That means, there was consent of the Prime Minister (for granting travel documents to Lalit Modi)...He is liable. Prime Minister Modi should come out of political Vipassana, and keep truth before the nation," Congress spokesman Tom Vadakkan told reporters.

Asked about reports of scam-tainted former IPL chief hosting Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Rajiv Shukla too, Vadakkan said they did not hold any official post unlike Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and hence, there was no quid pro quo.

According to media reports, ex-IPL chief had hosted Tharoor, Shukla and Raje at a Mumbai hotel in 2010. Raje was Opposition Leader in Rajasthan Assembly then.

"Now it has come to fore that the then Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan, who is the Chief Minister now, her bills were paid by IPL. Those who are against us will say Tharoor was there, Shukla was there, (NCP chief Sharad) Pawar was there, but they were not Leader of Opposition. In Raje's case, it is proved there was quid pro quo," he claimed.

On reports claiming that Raje's son Dushyant had business links with the former IPL chief, Vadakkan said the matter needs to be investigated.

"It is very difficult to say which Modi has what relations with whom. If the relations are with Chhota (Lalit) Modi, then in whose protection Chhota Modi is, who is giving him transit passport, these are all matters of investigation. These linkages involving Bada Modi, Chhota Modi can be established only then," he said.

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First Published: Thu, June 18 2015. 13:28 IST