New Delhi, 17 June 2014

The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has demanded that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj should be sacked if she does not step down from the Union Cabinet with grace after the exposure wherein, without leaving an iota of doubt, she helped a fugitive, Lalit Modi, the former IPL Commissioner, out of the way and on quid pro quo.

SDPI national president A. Sayeed in a statement also demanded a judicial enquiry should be conducted against Sushma Swaraj for helping a known fugitive in the garb of humanitarian ground. She has to quit or sacked, there is no way out. Still to show her patriotism, she should ask the person she helped i.e. Lalit Modi to immediately travel to India and surrender to police here.

Sayeed recalled that in the past the BJP has been vocal on propriety by those in high places — it pilloried the Congress in the Quattrocchi case, and then in the question of Shashi Tharoor in connection with the IPL.

He lamented that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is observing a studied silence over the issue which is bound to snowball. The government now needs to explain how Swaraj’s actions square with its stated war against black money and money laundering. The Prime Minister should apologize to the nation. If humanity is the ground for helping an accused then morality is the ground to sack such a minister.

Sayeed pointed out that Narendra Modi had promised to bring all black money back to country and also declared that he would bring money launderers and criminals hiding in other countries dragging to India to face courts. But here another Modi is being protected by none other than a foreign minister, whose daughter and husband are close to money launderer. We can now understand why Arun Jaitley is so secretive about black money holders for they were the ones he used to defend earlier. Whether you are financially corrupt or morally corrupt, India does not need people like this, he asserted.

The fact that BJP is defending Swaraj proves that there is something more than that meets the eye. Now BJP will know how easy it is to take high moral ground to score political points but how difficult it is to believe in them and practice them. Anyway by trying to defend her BJP is trying to do more harm to its image than any good. It is a clear case of double standard by BJP, he said.

Sayeed charged that Sushma Swaraj is a perpetual corrupt politician. She helped the king of scam Yeddyurappa and Reddy brothers of Karnataka in the scam of mining the country’s wealth and the loot taken abroad. Same thing in Lalit Modi case, accused of Rs.700 crores wrong doing, match-fixing and Tax evasion is taking shelter in UK, supported by Indian minister to get visa for other country.

The statement said that the BJP is basically trying to hide itself behind the Congress corruption, which is very disappointing. Looks like BJP is the other side of the same bad coin of Congress — With the same corruption, same dynasty politics, same installing stupid children in power, same nepotism, same cronyism, same self-enriching, same lies, same incompetence, same staying in power for 20, 30, 40, 50 years, same nation looting, same favoring and back door access to the rich and powerful, same injustice to the poor and common man and same destructing this once great nation of India. There is no difference. The only thing that Congress was brazenly corrupt and BJP is secretly corrupt. There is a competition of who can fool the country better.

Will the BJP leadership ever be able to defend themselves without using crutches and dodging the real questions? It seems the Congress of yesterday, is the BJP of today, and they will be the AAP of tomorrow. Whatever has happened in the UPA regime is over now and Indians have already shown them the door. India now wants real answers to the real questions. We should not just question government, we should grill it. They are answerable to us, it is our democratic right to ask them questions and hold them accountable. Indians are fed up of lame excuses of politicians and if this government too fails to deliver than only the Almighty can save this country, the statement stated.

There is unholy alliance between BJP and the corrupt. When the whole world knew about the fraudulent ways of Lalit Modi, why did Sushma fell in the trap and invite trouble? The media is talking about her resignation. Shouldn’t she be punished for having helped a criminal? Probity, propriety, morals do not suit our politicians and talks, if any, by them is to only fool the public, the statement added