The Bhartiya Janata Party is weathering political storm over Sushma Swaraj’s ‘humanitarian’ aid to Lalit Modi to let him have the travel documents issued.
Even if this ‘humanitarian’ aid is ethically unviable and makes Sushma Swaraj’s position as the External Affairs Minister of India untenable, it is ‘politically viable’ within the political circumstances of the day – where every outfit is engaged in earning political mileage out of every twist and turn – irrespective of the ethical considerations involved.
So, what is ‘humanitarian’ for Sushma, the RSS, the BJP and some other parties supporting him, is unethical and illegal for others.
And this ‘political viability’ has saved the day for Sushma as of now, from the factions within the party, and from the political pressure outside.
But a development today may prove a bottleneck for her, a dilemma where the BJP needs to find a solution – an approach to defend two senior leaders – one a senior-most minister and another a chief-minister.
And it will be a political display between ‘political viability’ and ‘ethical propriety’.
Last evening’s presser held by Lalit Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi, to defend Lalit Modi and to clarify his position after the expose of Sushma’s aid to him, turned political and could not serve the purpose for which it was held. His lawyer openly blamed the United Progressive Alliance’s government for implicating and ‘hounding’ Lalit Modi. His lawyer blamed three senior UPA ministers. His lawyer blamed the UPA government to withdraw Modi’s security even if he was facing threats from the underworld.
And in a bunch of documents sent after that presser, in support, was a document, that in place of easing the life for the BJP strategists and Sushma Swaraj, is explosive enough to make their lives a political quagmire.
The document, with no signatures, but mailed by Lalit Modi’s public relations firm, shows Vasundhara Raje Scindia as the witness for Lalit Modi’s immigration application form. That was in August 2011 when Vasundhara was leader of opposition in Rajasthan. Document’s veracity is in question, but August 2011 comes months later after as Lalit Modi’s passport was revoked in October 2010 after he fled (left) India in July 2010. Vasundhara Raje is Rajasthan’s chief-minister now.
Vasundhara has said she is not aware of the ‘document in question. Sushma has denied any wrongdoing while extending her humanitarian help.
The BJP had accepted what Sushma said, whatever be the reasons. It did so even today, in the presser held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The controversy surrounding the document naming Vasundhara cropped up after it and the BJP is yet to response on it.
Both are among the senior-most and most high-profile BJP leaders. Now, that the party is strongly ‘behind Sushma Swaraj, it has to do the same with Vasundhara Raje Scindia to sustain the ‘political viability’ in the case.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/