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Lalit Modi row: Congress asks Rajasthan CM to quit

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New Delhi/Jaipur: The Congress on Wednesday demanded Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's resignation over allegations that she testified in favour of former IPL chief Lalit Modi's British immigration application in 2011.

"The chief minister has no right to continue in office," Congress Rajasthan unit chief Sachin Pilot said at a press conference in Delhi.

Pilot alleged that Raje helped Modi, who was facing investigations regarding alleged tax evasion.

Pilot said the Congress in the state would hit the streets on Thursday to press for her resignation.

The Congress has been demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's resignation over her assistance to Modi to get travel documents from the British authorities after his Indian passport was revoked.

The party's Rajasthan unit on Wednesday passed a resolution at its executive meeting in Udaipur demanding Raje and Sushma Swaraj's ouster.

"The resignations have been demanded from both of them (Raje and Sushma Swaraj) for allegedly favouring Lalit Modi," Congress state unit spokesperson Archana Sharma told IANS over phone.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit president Ashok Parnami asked: "Why did the Congress, which was a ruling party both at the centre and in the state, not launch a probe at that time."

"This clearly shows that the Congress is raising baseless allegations and is engaging in petty politics," Parnami said.

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