Vasundhara Raje rubbishes reports that she had been asked to resign

Jaipur: In the dock over Lalit Modi row, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje tonight insisted that she has not been asked to resign and media was running "false" reports to tarnish her image and cause "political damage".

A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Press Advisor said a few electronic news channels were showing reports beyond the truth.

"These are untrue. Every such news be verified, cross checked and confirmed," it said.

While rubbishing the media reports, the statement specifically referred to TV news headlines like 'resignation sought from Vasundhara, she says I will not tender resignation'.

It also referred to news items like 'If I am removed, the party would come in a great problem: Vasundhara', 'BJP can divide if Vasundhra goes' and '110 MLAs come in support of Raje'.

"By tarnishing or damaging her image, the channels are causing political damage to Chief Minister," it said.

"Electronic media should not run false news based on rumours. Such news are baseless and rumour-oriented, and before running such news, a confirmation and investigation should be required," it said.

The statement also talked about reports like 'MLAs and ministers are gathering at CM residence', 'CM is going to Delhi' and 'Rajendra Rathore, Medical and Health Minister, is going to Delhi'.

The Chief Minister is in the dock for reportedly giving an affidavit in favour of Lalit Modi, former IPL Commissioner who is facing ED probe into alleged money laundering in connection with organising of IPL tournament. Lalit Modi has made London his home ever since the probe began in 2010.

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