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IPL- Lalit Modi - Vasundhara - BJP: The plot is getting thicker
Mrs. Vasundhara Raje, the BJP Chief Minister of Rajasthan is the daughter of Vijayaraje Scindia and Jivajirao Scindia, Maharaja of Gwalior, members of the prominent Scindia royal Maratha family. She got married to Hemant Singh, of the ex-royal Sholpur family, on 17 November 1972, but the couple separated a year later.

It seems the time of repeat of American soap operas 'Dallas' and 'Falcon Crest' in New Delhi under the aegis and auspices of RSS/NDA regime.

It was only yesterday when Sushma Swaraj, a brilliant speaker and not-so-favorite Minister of External Affairs of BJP-led government was in the eye of storm. Madam has had little concrete errands to undertake. Recently she is caught in the midst of a controversy for helping Modi, former IPL commissioner who is charged with financial impropriety, with travel documents. Sushma Swaraj admitted she helped Modi on "humanitarian grounds". As the water is getting murkier by hours she has much more to answer to the nation than his party about the depth of her family relationship and support to a declared tax offender Lalit Modi.

That storm is turning into a political tempest for her and for BJP as well. An unprecedented defense for her is built. Some in the BJP are pointing the finger for the present mess towards the insiders - termed as serpents. Now, a new name is added to this Lalit Modi controversy. It is the name of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Her name cropped up on Tuesday with allegations that she testified in favour of the former IPL chief's British immigration application in 2011.

Ironically, the damning revelation apparently was made in a statement released by Lalit Modi's legal team itself. The document claimed that Ms. Raje, who was then leader of opposition in the Rajasthan assembly, said she was in favour of Lalit Modi's immigration application on the strict clause that her name will not be revealed to the Indian authorities.

"I make this statement in support of any immigration application that Lalit Modi makes, but do so on the strict condition that my assistance will not become known to the Indian authorities."

The letter was part of the documents mailed to news channels on Monday night by a PR firm engaged by Lalit Modi's lawyer Mehmood Abdi.

It is wheel within wheel and the ugly episode is causing huge embarrassment to the Modi government as it came to power after making lofty promises against Black Money and Corruption. Lalit Modi is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate for financial bungling in the money-spinning IPL.

Now, the ex-Maharani seems to be distancing herself from this document purportedly showing her backing former IPL chief Lalit Modi's immigration plea in Britain.

"Of course I know the family. I have always known them...(But) I do not know what documents they are talking about," she said. 

There is a saying in Hindi - "Tel Dekho aur Tel Ki Dhar Dekho." See how the wind blows!

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