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Lalit Modi row: Vasundhara Raje cancels Punjab visit, will not meet Shah, Rajnath

India TV News Desk 19 Jun 2015, 17:42:28 PM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has cancelled her visit to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab citing health reasons amid raging Lalitgate row.

"Due to back pain, the Chief Minster's doctor has advised her to take rest so she has cancelled her visit to Punjab today," Raje's press advisor said.

Raje, who is battling allegations over her links to former IPL chief Lalit Modi, was expected to meet BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.

Raje, who is embroiled in a controversy over allegedly favouring tainted IPL Chief Lalit Modi's immigration plea in London, was scheduled to share the dais with BJP Chief Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the function in Anandpur Sahib celebrating 350 years of the key Sikh shrine.

Significance was being attached to the meeting as none of the BJP central leaders or the government have come to her defence since the issue came out in public.

Raje had spoken to Shah over phone on Wednesday to explain her position.

Congress has been demanding her immediate resignation along with that of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying they have no right to continue in office after helping the former IPC Chairman who is facing money laundering and other charges.

However, Rajathan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore rejected demands for Raje's resignation, saying the entire national BJP and party MLAs were with her.

"The entire BJP, be it at the Centre or the state, are with her. She has been leading us and will continue to do so. The entire legislature party is standing strongly with her.

Our leadership is standing by her. The question of her resignation does not arise," he had said.