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‘Long corrupt’ Congress should not question: Ravi Shankar Prasad


Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said that the Congress Party, which has been embroiled in corruption in the country for long, should not be questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government.

On being questioned about Prime Minister Modi being silent over the controversy over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj extending ‘humanitarian’ assistance to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi with his travel documents, Ravi Shankar Prasad said: “Those who are involved in 2G scam, coal scam, and have been looting the country should not be making allegations against us. The Finance Ministry, the Home Ministry, Sushma Swaraj herself have clarified over and over again that this action was taken on humanitarian grounds. She had asked the British government that if it was as per the laws of their country, then he (Lalit Modi) be allowed to stay.”

“The Congress party which for long has been embroiled in corruption in the country should not be questioning us. The country is being led on the path of development. Prime Minister Modi-led NDA Government’s name and fame is being celebrated and discussed in India and abroad; that has become their main cause of concern,” he added.

The Congress, which has sharpened its attack against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj , has sought a clarification from Prime Minister Modi on the controversy.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday demanded that Swaraj be sacked from the Union Cabinet in the wake of ‘revelations’ related to Lalit Modi. Swaraj had on Sunday said she had taken a humanitarian view of Lalit Modi’s case since his wife was suffering from cancer.

She further said that British MP Keith Vaz had spoken to her on the same, adding she believes that giving an Indian citizen ’emergency travel documents’ cannot spoil relations between India and the UK.

Vaz said that he had checked with the Indian Government before taking any action and added that he had received a ‘no objection’ from New Delhi.