BJP alleges graft in Vadra deals, Priyanka hits back

April 28, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati waves to supporters at an election rally in support of local candidates, in Allahabad yesterday. 

New Delhi/Rae Bareli: The verbal spat between the Congress and the BJP reached new heights yesterday, the BJP alleging “corruption under patronage” in land deals of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and his wife Priyanka Gandhi hitting back at it for “representing destructive and negative” politics.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad launched one of his party’s fiercest attacks on the Gandhi family, accusing Vadra of making “unscrupulous” land deals and seeking answers from Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on the issue.

Prasad told a press conference in New Delhi that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should explain the “Robert Vadra model of development” when “there is so much unemployment and economy was down”. “It is a text book case of corruption, crony capitalism under patronage,” he said.

Terming Vadra as “damad shri (honoured son-in-law)”, Prasad claimed land acquisitions by Vadra’s firms had flouted several laws, including the Land Acquisition Act in Congress-ruled Haryana and in Rajasthan where the party was earlier in power.

“Vadra’s land deals have the blessings of Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi,” he alleged.

The BJP released a video and a booklet — “Damad shree the Vadra ‘get-rich-quick’ model” — on Vadra’s land deals. The video made repeated attacks at Vadra and said the people will not forgive the Congress in the Lok Sabha election. The booklet posed several queries to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Vadra’s land deals and asked them to come clean.

The video said while there were cases of “bhai bhatijavad (nepotism)”, Vadra had added a new tradition of “damadvad (son-in-law favouritism)”.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi refuted the BJP’s allegations, but it was Priyanka Gandhi, who in Rae Bareli came out all guns blazing against the BJP and said she will not stay quiet.

She accused the BJP of unecessarily defaming her husband and said the opposition represented “destructive, negative” politics.

“They are behaving like scared rats. I knew they would resort to spreading lies a few days before polls,” she told media persons in the constituency where her mother Sonia Gandhi is contesting.IANS

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