Row starts political turmoil in Rajasthan

Row starts political turmoil in Rajasthan

The latest revelations in ‘Modigate’ drawing Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje into the controversy has led to a political turmoil in Rajasthan.

The ruling BJP has come out in support of Chief Minister Raje while the opposition Congress for the first time has started a campaign demanding resignation of the chief minister.

“The chief minister has already accepted that she knows Modi family very well. So there is no scope of any controversy. As far as her statement in favour of Modi’s immigration application is concern, we have not received any such document and neither the CM is aware of this. We will see if it comes to us,” said Ashok Parnami, state BJP chief.

A day after the immigration controversy, Raje was accused of signing a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese biomedical research organisation, the Champalimaud Foundation, to set up a state-of-the-art cancer institute in Jaipur. The MOU was signed on October 2, 2014, two months after Lalit Modi’s wife Minal was treated at the Lisbon-based Champalimaud Centre.

“State government signed MOU with one of the best cancer hospitals in the world and it is the job of government. I don’t know who Lalit Modi is and neither were we aware that his wife was treated at the same Portuguese hospital with which Rajasthan government signed an agreement,” said Rajendra Rathore, medical and health minister.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Congress on Wednesday passed a resolution to ask for the resignation of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for reportedly backing former IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s immigration application.

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