NEW DELHI, June 17 : Under relentless attack for the fourth day running on the "Modigate" scandal that has now dragged in Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday accused the Congress of taking an "anti-woman" stance by attacking them.
"I think the Congress is taking an anti-woman view by attacking a woman leader,'' BJP's national spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told television channels this morning, opening a new line of defence for the party.
However, this immediately drew caustic remarks from those keenly following the controversy on social media with people pointing out that the BJP had never shied away from attacking Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Meanwhile, responding to the charges made against the UPA Government by former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi, former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tweeted: "The complete answer to Lalit Modi's accusations against the UPA can be found in the letters to the U.K. Chancellor. Release them.''
Documents released by Modi's office have revealed that Ms. Raje - as Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly in August 2011 - had backed his immigration application on condition it would not be made known to Indian authorities.
Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza also clarified that former Union Minister of State Rajiv Shukla had not met Modi since 2011. This clarification was made in light of Modi's claim in a television interview that Shukla along with former Ministers Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel had helped him get travel papers. ?THE HINDU