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Sushma, Vasundhara did no wrong: BJP

“No technical or legal basis to allege impropriety”

The BJP on Friday rejected the demand for the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over their alleged role in facilitating the former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi’s immigration application, saying that “technically and legally” there was no wrongdoing on their part.

The party’s national spokesman, Sudhanshu Trivedi, said that while the top leadership had made its position clear in the matter relating to Ms. Swaraj, the authenticity of the alleged document against Ms. Raje was not yet verified.

“There is no technical and legal basis to say there is any impropriety,” he told a press conference here, held barely an hour before another media briefing in Jaipur by BJP’s State president Ashok Parnami, who rebutted charges against Ms. Raje’s son and MP, Dushyant Singh.

Asked if any of the two leaders could be removed, Mr. Trivedi said the question was “imaginary.”

Asked why the party took time to come out in support of Ms. Raje, he said, “There is nothing against the two leaders technically and legally.”

“Ms. Swaraj responded to a query by the U.K. authorities and helped out on humanitarian grounds and in the case of Vasundhara Raje there are no authenticated documents. The Opposition is making a mountain out of a molehill.”

“We have already made it clear there is no corruption. Before making any demand, it should be seen whether any wrongdoing or corruption has taken place,” he said, rejecting any inquiry, internal or otherwise against Ms. Raje.

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