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Opposition guns for Raje after fresh document shows she backed Lalit Modiís plea

New Delhi, Jun 25 : Pressure mounted for the ouster of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje after emergence of a document purportedly carrying her signature to back the immigration application of Lalit Modi in the UK. Saying that she stood "exposed completely" while batting for a "fugitive," the Congress demanded her resignation.

Stepping up the offensive against Raje, who had claimed she did not recall having signed such a document, Congress accused her of "repeatedly lying" and demanded her immediate resignation.

Previously, the document signed by Vasundhara Raje, dated August 18, 2011, supporting his immigration case before the British government was out. When the issue came out, first she feigned ignorance and then said she did not remember, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters at the AICC briefing.

Raje was alleged to have agreed to become a witness for the former IPL Czar in regard to her immigration application on condition of keeping it secret in India.

BJP has always maintained that she is culpable if papers with her signature are produced, Ramesh said adding that there is no need of any more evidence, Vasundhara Raje stands thoroughly exposed.

Ramesh said the Congress seeks her immediate resignation as she has broken four laws - Indian Penal Code, Prevention of Corruption Act, PMLA and Passport Act, while batting for a "bhagora" (fugitive).

Displaying the seven-page document having 21 points, he said, "This has never happened in independent India before where a former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition have batted for a fugitive".

There was no official confirmation from BJP about reports that it has sought an explanation from Raje and sent a two-member team headed by Union Health Minister JP Nadda to Rajasthan.

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