New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday criticized External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over her clarification on the Lalit Modi controversy, saying she is an expert at `theatrics'.

Swaraj had made an emotional statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday, saying she had helped Lalit Modi's cancer-stricken wife and not the IPL chief.

'I want to know what Soniaji would have done if she was in my place? Would she have let the woman die?" she asked the Congress president.

The External Affairs Minister had also insisted that she had made 'no request or recommendation' to the UK Government for Lalit Modi's travel documents but had left the decision to Britain.

However, the Congress Party, which is yet again protesting at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament today, said that her tear-jerker was an `apology of a defence and hogwash' as Lalit Modi was given travel papers only after her intervention.