Youth Congress members wear Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj masks during a protest at Teen Murti in New Delhi.
It has been less than a month since the Lalit Modi controversy hit the headlines, but the saga has snowballed into proportions no one could have anticipated, drawing in more players, making unrelated exposés, and revealing fissures within the ruling party.
Modi dragged in Rahul Gandhi and
, into the controversy, tweeting that they had enjoyed his hospitality
2 July: Lalit Modi said that he will reveal BJP leader
Sudhanshu Mittal 's "rags to riches story" in the coming days.
Modi offered a job on Indofil Board to Sushma Swaraj's husband,
, the Congress said. The “nexus and quid pro quo” between the two had been established beyond doubt.
1 July: Modi said that BJP MP
Varun Gandhi met him in London "a few years ago" and offered to "settle everything" with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Quite out of the blue came a
of Prime Minister
on twitter from Lalit Modi: "Our PM is most savy man... When he bats he will hit the ball out of the park."
Mr. Modi got the Congress anxious when he tweeted about having "run into"
>Priyanka and Robert Vadra
in London. But the Congress was quick to deny it.
When an instagram picture of Mr. Modi with his "brother"
Ronald K. Noble
(then the chief of Interpol) emerged,
>Noble said hadn't received
any request from India to assist in any investigations.
22 June:>Dushyant Singh
, son of Vasundhara Raje came under the spotlight after media reports claimed his company had received Rs. 11.63 crore in investments from Lalit Modi in 2008.
After news channels flashed photos of Modi with Mumbai Police Commissioner
in London, Mr. Maria said he had only asked Mr. Modi "to return to Mumbai".
Just as the BJP tried to do some damage control, Modi fired another salvo. Nothing moved in BCCI or IPL without Union Finance Minister
The Sunday Times reported that Modi
>used the names of British royalty
and his brother
while seeking his travel papers from the U.K. Home Office.
Documents supplied by Mr. Modi's lawyer revealed that
had, in August 2011, backed his immigration application on the condition it wouldn’t be made known to India.
In an unexpected twist
figured in the controversy. In a TV interview, Mr. Modi said Mr. Murdoch was miffed with him and masterminded the Sunday Times expose.
At a press conference Modi’s counsel said that
Salman Khursheed and P. Chidambaram scuttled his chances of securing a visa in U.K.
Hints at fissures in the BJP were made by party member
, who pointed to an in-house conspiracy targeting Sushma. In his tweets, Mr. Azad referred to a party insider.
London-based Sunday Times alleged that Labour parliamentarian of Indian origin
helped Mr. Modi get his papers to stay in the UK despite his position as a fugitive from the law in India.