Lalit Modi's tweets spark a storm
Days after former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi posted a slew of messages on Twitter, alleging that tickets were being sold by BJP leader Arun Jaitley's aides in poll-bound Rajasthan, political circles in the state are abuzz over the controversy. The tweets have proved to be an embarrassment for the state unit of the BJP as Modi is considered close to former chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
Modi on Sunday tweeted: "Elections around the corner. Seems coterie of Arun Jaitley — Bhupen Yadav has started to sell tickets — cash for ticket seems new mantra — sad." He went on to warn Raje and told her to be careful "of Arun Jaitley man Friday Bhupen Yadav and your man Khamthan". Dhirendra Kamthan is a close aide of Raje.
"BJP might not win election in Rajasthan due to Gang of Thugs installed by Master Fixer Arun Jaitley into the core of Vasundhara's camp," Modi added.
Modi, considered to be a close aide of Raje since 2004, was actively involved in the state Assembly elections in 2008, sources said.
"These (allegations) are baseless. Our state chief Vasundhara Raje has said if anyone has any specific example, it should be brought to her knowledge and she has reassured that their tickets will be denied," BJP spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt said. "It is his (Modi's) personal view and it is apparent that the sports council issues between Modi and Jaitley is spilling over here."
Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma stepped up the attack, saying, "When Raje was chosen to head the state unit of the party, senior BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari had said, 'Lootere aa rahe hai. Yeh lootere Rajasthan ke prakritik sansaadhano ko loot khaenge (Plunderers are coming. They will plunder Rajasthan's natural resources).' Tiwari's apprehensions now have the stamp of Modi's allegations on Twitter."