In Vasundhara Raje Scindia’s son Dushyant Singh?

Dushyant Singh is a Bhartiya Janata Party MP from Jhalawar-Baran in Rajasthan. Obviously, he is a self-made politician even if he belongs to a royal family and her mother is the chief-minister of the state he is elected from!

A report says Enforcement Directorate has found anomaly in a financial transaction between Dushyant Singh’s company and Lalit Modi’s firm.

And the details are potent enough to create a ‘Robert Vadra’ sort of controversy. In fact, it has started.

Allegations say Lalit Modi’s firm, Anand Heritage Hotels Private Ltd, infused over 11.60 crore in Dushyant Singh’s Niyant Heritage Hotels Private Limited. Vasundhara Raje Scindia was Rajasthan’s CM then (in her first term).

The break-up includes an unsecured loan of 3.80 crore in 2008 and purchase of 815 shares of Rs. 10 each, at over 96,000 for another 7.8 crore, in subsequent years.

Now, as there are allegations, so there are political justifications, like we have been witnessing in Robert Vadra’s case.

Every justification has proved shady in Robert Vadra’s issue after the persistent row over his meteoric rise post 2007 and his controversial land deals in Haryana and Rajasthan. Congress and Rahul Gandhi must find answers to the ‘unanswered questions’ related to him if they have to talk of the politics of probity.

Obvious parallels are being drawn in Dushyant Singh’s case. Any logic cannot justify why Lalit Modi invested that much money in a firm that was established in 2005 with capitals of Rs. 50,000 each from Dushyant Singh and his wife. Even family friends (Lalit Modi claims he knows Vasundhara’s family for years) don’t do such acts of ‘misplaced largesse’. That makes us go back to the only one reason, the most plausible one – that his mother was then the chief-minister of Rajasthan.

Yes, Robert Vadra controversy has been widely played out by the political opponents and handling it requires a difficult approach as he belongs to a family that is Congress’ pivot. Congress of the day, even if humiliated and electorally out, is nothing without the Nehru-Gandhi family.

On the other hand, as the sources say right now, the BJP may ask Vasundhara to come clean on both issues – on her support to Lalit Modi for his immigration papers to the UK and on Lalit Modi’s money in his son’s firm.

Yes, the BJP would do all to thwart any efforts to shape this as ‘Robert Vadra’s parallel of the BJP’ and the party is in better position to take action as the BJP can survive without Vasundhara Raje Scindia as Rajasthan’s chief-minster and without her son.

Let’s wait and watch to see what happens next.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


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/


The Bhartiya Janata Party will try to envelope its defensive stand on the issue in an offensive garb to take on the political storm.

Like it is doing, it will do all to justify the ‘humanitarian’ nature of Sushma Swaraj’s aid extended to Lalit Modi, delinking it with any cases in India Lalit Modi is facing. And, with letter from the Portugal hospital which said his presence was necessary during his wife’s surgery there, the BJP strategists will further reinforce their line of defence (offence).

Irrespective of different factions in the BJP and irrespective of the fact that Sushma Swaraj is seen as from the anti-Narendra Modi Advani faction, the BJP cannot afford to look acting on Sushma this time. It will put the party on back-foot and will give political opponents further avenue to attack the party on the issue. She is among the senior-most party leaders and ministers.

Removing or reshuffling Sushma Swaraj at this stage, midst this row, would send out a message that the BJP was convinced that Sushma did cross the ‘propriety’ line and committed an ‘unethical’ act and the party was pressurised to the extent that it had to remove her or cut her to the size.

While the RSS and the party have backed Sushma Swaraj and party spokespersons are busy in defending her on airwaves and in media, prime minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have adopted a stoic silence.

That is possibly the best strategy – to shield behind the time – so that the political opposition could taper off.

And everyone knows it, including the political analysts and the politicians across the spectrum.

Everyone is trying to squeeze in the maximum political mileage out of it – like happens with every issue in the Indian politics of the day.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/