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Arun Jaitley and Rajnath Singh signal united front in solidarity with Sushma Swaraj

"All allegations are baseless, government stands by what BJP president Amit Shah has said about the issue. The party and the government stand united," said Arun Jaitley.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2015 3:52 am
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Before Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came out in defence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, the two leaders were brought together for their first meeting since the Lalit Modi controversy broke out.

Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were supposed to address the media together on the rehabilitation and reconstruction package for Jammu and Kashmir. But before that, Singh brought Jaitley and Swaraj to the talking table, to send out the signal that the party and government were united in backing her.

The closed-door meeting, held at Rajnath Singh’s North Block office, went on for an hour.

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At the press conference that followed, Jaitley came out in strong defence of Swaraj. “All the allegations are baseless. Her (Swaraj’s) statement and that of the party president makes it clear that whatever she did was with good intentions. Her actions were bona fide. The entire government and party are one on the issue. There should be no doubt on this,” Jaitley said.

Asked whether Swaraj had acted on her own to help Modi, Jaitley said all ministers in charge of various departments were capable of taking decisions and in all decisions taken by the government there is collective responsibility.

Jaitley chose not to answer a question on the tweet by BJP MP Kirti Azad talking of an “asteen ka saanp (backstabber)” and suggesting an internal conspiracy against Swaraj. “Ask the next question,” he said.

According to sources, calls were made to the offices of Jaitley and Swaraj from Singh’s office on Tuesday morning, and a meeting between the two was fixed for 3.30 pm. Officially, Swaraj came to Singh’s office to discuss visa issues, and Jaitley the J&K package.

After the meeting, Swaraj left Singh’s office, while the home and finance ministers were closeted together for another 10 minutes before heading out to address the media along with J&K Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu and MoS (Personnel) Jitendra Singh.

While refusing to share details of the meeting, Singh said the entire government was with Swaraj. “On the first day (of the controversy) itself I made it clear that whatever she has done is right and the government completely stands by her. Today also I maintain that stand,” the Home Minister said, adding, “If it is coming from me, it has to be credible information.”

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    TIHAEwale
    Jun 17, 2015 at 10:39 am
    Arun Jaitley knows if he succeeds in plucking one hair of Lalit Modi, LM will skin him fully with salt sprinkled all over. AJ knows how Sonia used muck in IPL to disarm Sharad Pawar just sacrificing Shashi Tharoor. Rather Sonia's insurance policy for Rober Vadra is Sushma, AJ etc
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Jun 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm
      A well laid out plan has backfired. Lalit Modi episode is an excuse by the Center to remove Sushma Swaraj and now Vasundhara Raje who do not tow Modi line. Times Now is the visible face of this plan.
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        Deeksha Sharma
        Jun 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm
        Mr. Jaitley is a learned person who talks like another learned person of Congress: Mr. Kapil Sibal who so famously dismissed 2 lakh crore 2G scam as zero loss to government. Rs. 1700 crores of Mr. Lalit Modi is small change compared to election expenses of BJP, funded by those who will be rewarded by lands taken from poor farmers. Wait and watch. Skeletons are tumbling out just after a year of zero governance.
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          Surinder
          Jun 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm
          It is a sad day for humanity when intelligent, responsible and highly placed people lie. The truth is to behold. These people are for pleasure, power, money and self indulgence. Modi exploited people hunger for excitement and greed. The enormous illegal ets from IPL, gambling and black money were utilised for power at the cost of poor Indian who toils under the merciless sun. At the end of the day you can wear one pant, one shirt and eat 250 grams and sleep in one little bed. It was Tolstoy who said in the end all are consumed by their ambition. India which proclaimed Karma as the essence of life will crush us all for what we do. We create a society and tomorrow we will be crushed by karma wheel. The oppressor of today will be oppressed. Our own recent history is our mirror. Indira, Rajiv and Sanjay hi suffered a violent death. Their Karma - Punjab Bhopal and emergency excesses.
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            eb subramaniam
            Jun 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm
            The SSWrajLAMoGate scandal is getting murkier and murkier day by day.After the great exposition by the TIMESNOW team of Arnob Goswam and and his team of journalists over the past three days,the long lasting relationship and bond between India”s foreign minister,and the Rajasthan CM with Lalit Modi, who has been described as the “man of black money” by the Congress party VP,and who the Finance Minister has confirmed as being “”very much on the wanted list of Indian Authorities, has been established beyond any reasonable doubts.The FINMIN, according to TOI has EMPHATICALLY confirmed that the ‘’ONUS OF THE DECESION OF THE FM”” in helping fugitive Lalit Modi to get travel visit permission from the UK government till September 2016,rested with the ‘ENTIRE CABINET’’,and that the ministers are competent enough to take decisions relating to their departments,but as far as the government’s decisions are concerned the ministers are collectively responsible for those. I am very much interested to know how Lalit Modi who has been living in the Uk since 2010, manages his financial resources for his lavish living.Now the Congress VP says that the Modi government is “saving” Lalit Modi,the man of black money. So as an “AAM ADMI’’ with my limited intelligence and iq,am I to come to the conclusion that the ex IPL CEO living in UK is dipping into the huge amount of black money stashed away by him in swiss banks,to meet his lavish expenses? Is it the beginning of the opening of the pandoras box of “scandals” “corruption” and “black money” of the NDA GOVERNMENT who have completed “one year” of supposedly spotless governance of “SWATCH BHARATH!!!””Helping Lalit Modi by the FM,being the collective responsibility of the entire CABINET,it becomes the duty of the NDA government to bring back Lalit Modi to India,since according to the FinMin he is very much on the wanted list of Indian authorities,and also to investigate his financial resources either BLACK OR WHITE
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