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Ready for debate on Lalit Modi issue, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday, the first day of the monsoon session, that she was ready for a debate in parliament over Congress allegations about her links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

“I am ready for a debate today itself. I asked Arun Jaitley to convey this to Rajya Sabha,” the minister said in a tweet.

“Arun Jaitley has conveyed this to the house. We are looking forward to the Opposition’s response,” she added.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too said the government was prepared for a debate. The Congress raised the Lalit Modi controversy in the Rajya Sabha and demanded a discussion on the issue and the suspension of the scheduled business.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said: “The government is answerable to the house.”

Rajya Sabha witnessed several adjournments on demands for resignations of Sushma Swaraj and some other BJP leaders, while Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after obituary references, including to Dileep Singh Bhuria of the Bharatiya Janata Party.