Updated: June 25, 2015 4:57:27 am
The NDA government on Wednesday rejected Opposition demands for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and HRD Minister Smriti Irani, saying that ministers in this government don’t need to resign since they didn’t do what those in the previous UPA government used to.
The government response came on the day when the Delhi High Court admitted a plea against Irani for allegedly misrepresenting her educational qualifications. Swaraj has faced criticism for her links to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is facing a number of investigations related to alleged financial irregularities.
“Mantriyon ke tyagpatra nahin hotey. Yeh UPA government nahin hai…NDA government hai (Ministers don’t resign. This is not the UPA government..this is the NDA government),” Home Minister Singh said when asked about the government’s response to the Opposition demands.
With Singh not willing to say more, Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad cut in: “Let me add, our ministers do not do all that their (UPA’s) ministers used to do.”
Both the ministers were briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Cabinet today.
The Congress, meanwhile, kept up its attack on the BJP-led government demanding the ouster of Swaraj, Irani and Vasundhara Raje from their respective posts. Rajasthan CM Raje, like Swaraj, has faced criticism for her links to Lalit Modi.
The Congress’ student wing ? the NSUI ? also held a protest outside Shastri Bhavan, which houses the HRD ministry, demanding the immediate resignation of Irani.
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