New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's spirited fight back in Parliament on Wednesday, where she tore into Congress and accused them of helping Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi and Bhopal gas leak accused Warren Anderson flee from India, is now on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'must watch' list.
Posting Swaraj's speech in Lok Sabha today on Twitter, PM Modi wrote - "A must-watch speech by Sushma Swaraj ji in Parliament".
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2015
Making a statement in Lok Sabha, Swaraj specifically responded to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's charge that she had got money to help Lalit Modi by telling him to ask his "mamma" as to "how much money had been taken from Quattrocchi" and "why did 'daddy' (Rajiv Gandhi) get released the killer of 15,000 people (in Bhopal gas leak)," an apparent reference to Anderson.
Swaraj, who has been battling demands for her resignation over alleged 'quid pro quo' in relation to Lalit Modi, said, "this is called quid pro quo. Rahul should ask (his mother), why they did the quid pro quo" with regard to Quattrocchi and Anderson," as per PTI.
The minister also rejected the opposition charge that her husband and daughter had fought Lalit Modi's legal case. She said her husband was not a lawyer for Lalit Modi in the passport case as alleged and that her daughter was the ninth lawyer in the list of advocates for Lalit Modi and got "not even a rupee".
"Why should anybody give money to a junior lawyer who is ninth in the seniority row," she asked.
(With Agency inputs)