Soon after the House met the Speaker Sumithra Mahajan permitted over two hours for a discussion on Lalith issue which saw the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi coming face to face in an attacking mood trading charges and countercharges. Kharge and Sushma also accused each other ending a war of words.
Reacting on the Congress’ questionnaire, Sushma attacked Rahul directing him to first ascertain about the corruption and illegal transactions during the Congress rule. She defended herself saying that in 38-year p political career she committed no error and named them as real culprits in the issue and she did not receive a rupee from Lalith Modi. Even as Mallikarjuna Kharge was taking to task the ruling party, Sonia reached the Speaker’s podium and raised slogans against Sushma and the government.
Advani, Modi greet Sushma
Modi who abstained from attending the session tweeted the entire speech of Sushma in the tweeter saying that all must read it and along with senior leader L K Advani, he greeted the minister for giving a suitable rejoinder. On the other Rahul also gave a strong reply defending his ancestors and passed a satire saying that Sushma is top humanitarian in the world for helping incognito. Finance Ministe Arun Jaitley rejected the resignation of Sushma as demanded by the Congress members and deplored the waste of time in the House over a small issue. Minister Venkiah Naidu thanked the MPs for their supporting stand on the issue.