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Sushma Swaraj keen to make statement in Parliament on Lalit Modi issue: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was keen to make a statement in Parliament on the Lalit Modi controversy surrounding her."Sushma Swaraj is keen to

IANS [ Updated: July 20, 2015 23:54 IST ]
sushma swaraj keen to make statement in parliament on lalit
sushma swaraj keen to make statement in parliament on lalit modi issue venkaiah naidu

New Delhi: Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was keen to make a statement in Parliament on the Lalit Modi controversy surrounding her.

"Sushma Swaraj is keen to make a statement in respect of the allegations against her regarding Lalit Modi's travel documents," Naidu told reporters here after an all-party meeting.

The monsoon session of Parliament begins on Tuesday.

He also ruled out the resignations of Sushma Swaraj as well as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, respectively, as demanded by the Congress.

"The question of resignation does not arise. No one has done anything illegal or immoral," Naidu told the media after an all-party meeting here.

"Nobody can dictate terms to Parliament. Parliament is sovereign," Naidu said. "We are ready to discuss issues that the opposition wants to raise."

Naidu told the leaders at the all-party meeting that the government would like to make statements on the visits of the Prime Minister to the Central Asian countries and on some major initiatives taken by the government, a government statement said.

According to the statement, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at the all-party meet that developments relating to Vyapam and Lalit Modi were serious and the government should take action in this regard.

Azad also demanded the resignations of the Union minister and others.

Sushma Swaraj has admitted that she helped Modi procure documents to travel to Portugal for the treatment of his cancer-stricken wife on "humanitarian grounds".

Meanwhile, Naidu expressed concern over media reports that the ensuing monsoon session would be a washout and hoped that the reports won't turn true.

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