The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) have decided to hold a protest outside External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s residence around 1 pm on Monday in the capital. Swaraj on Sunday admitted to helping the controversial IPL founder Lalit Modi with his travel documents.
Ahead of the protest, heavy security and barricading has been deployed outside the minister’s residence.
Earlier in the day, Swaraj made her first public appearance after the controversy while leaving for Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, but she avoided interacting with media persons gathered there.
The Congress party, the Aam Admi Party (AAP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and demanded Swaraj’s resignation.
Former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan tweeted: "Sushma Swaraj interceding for Lalit Modi totally inappropriate. Can’t bat for an absconder especially if he is your daughter’s paying client .That is why we need strong conflict of interest laws. Instead of that, Modi govt wants to weaken PC Act, by removing Criminal Misconduct."
The Samajwadi Party (SP), however, came out in support of the minister on the issue. "Swaraj helping Lalit Modi to get a UK visa on humanitarian ground is perfectly alright. Politicians have to help people in such situations," SP general secretary Ramgopal Verma said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also backed the minister. "No moral issue is involved here. She did not do any wrong," Amit Shah, BJP president, said.