It is my signature: Sources suggest Vasundhara Raje has admitted backing Lalit Modi

Under pressure from opposition parties, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has reportedly admitted that the signature on the affidavit backing Lalit Modi is hers.

FP Staff June 25, 2015 17:30:59 IST
It is my signature: Sources suggest Vasundhara Raje has admitted backing Lalit Modi

Under pressure from opposition parties, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has reportedly admitted that the signature on the affidavit backing Lalit Modi is hers.

While she had denied having signed any such document over the past few days, BJP sources have told several news channels on Thursday that Raje has now admitted to it now. However, the sources said the party has no plans of asking her to resign, yet.

It is my signature Sources suggest Vasundhara Raje has admitted backing Lalit Modi

Vasundhara Raje. AFP

According to an NDTV report, "Instead, in her support, the party could say that the contentious affidavit was presented as personal support and not in Ms Raje's official capacity as then Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan."

Meanwhile Times Now has reported that Raje may resign either later on Thursday night or on Friday.

Even if the BJP does plan to defend Raje, it won't hold much ground with the opposition parties, especially the Congress, that has mounted pressure to make Raje resign.

Sharpening its attack on BJP over the issue of help extended to the controversial former IPL boss , Congress on Thursday said the party should ask Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to step down as the party can no longer "continue to defend the indefensible".

After the a document backing Lalit Modi's immigration application in the UK surfaced, and it indicated that it purportedly bears Raje's signature, Congress said that her continuance as Rajasthan Chief Minister has become untenable.

Congress also dismissed BJP's defence that the signature is forged as 'lame'.  Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, "I don't think it is possible for anyone to put up that lame an argument... And, if she had to deny the signatures, she should have done it perhaps in the beginning.

"She knows that the signature is hers and she has never denied it. So nobody's going to buy the their defence that the signature is forged so late in the day. And I hope BJP will also not buy that argument."

Pilot said that BJP is trying to "buy time" and not clearly defending the Rajasthan Chief Minister.

"Unfortunately for them (BJP), they have to realise the inescapable truth is that she has broken the law. She has transgressed Indian law knowingly," he said.

Pilot made a strong pitch for her resignation, saying no amount of BJP support can help her now.

"I am of the opinion that after what has now been made public, there is absolutely no scope left, no face left for BJP to manoeuvre and defend its leadership," he added.

"There cannot be two laws in this country. One for common citizens and one for high-ranking BJP officials. Therefore... I think it is in the best interest of the state and also of BJP to ask the chief minister to put in her papers as soon as possible," he said.

On Wednesday, it was Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, in a press conference, came out with the document showed that Raje had indeed signed the document.

Raje had backed the immigration plea of scam-tainted Modi in Britain in 2011, contending she had no doubt that the frontal attack he was facing in India then was "politically motivated".

"Given my close understanding of, and involvement in Indian politics, I have absolutely no doubt that the broad, full frontal attack that Lalit is currently facing in India is politically motivated. Certain elements within Indian politics seek to preserve their own interest by exacting revenge on political opponents. This is exactly the motive that is guiding the attack on Lalit at the moment in India," she had said in her witness statement before the British authorities.

She insisted that by "destroying" and "discrediting" Modi the Congress party hoped to remove, "one of my key supporters" from the political scene.
"In the course of doing so by virtue of my association with him, they hope to politically discredit me as well," she said in the witness statement given on August 18, 2011.

The Rajasthan Chief Minister had also said the information contained in the statement was "true, correct and accurate" to the best of her knowledge and belief.

With agency inputs

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