Daring the NDA government to prove allegations against her son-in-law Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi, Tuesday, said that ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ is a conspiracy hatched by those in power.
“I have never seen anything like this. A Prime Minister is there, not an emperor. He is the country’s Prime Minister. There is so much poverty in the country. There is drought. Farmers are in trouble. I do not find it appropriate (that government) shows off like this,” she said.
Gandhi said Modi’s ministers have given him “this stature” and are busy holding celebrations”.
Gandhi is on a a two-day visit to her constituency Rae Bareli. Earlier on Tuesday she said there was a conspiracy behind the allegations that her son-in-law, Robert Vadra, had links with an arms dealer and demanded an impartial probe into the charges.
She added, “Agar aisi baat hai, toh bina bhed-bhaav jaanch karo; doodh ka doodh paani ka paani (Without any bias, let’s have an investigation in the matter. The truth shall be revealed).
Vadra, is being probed after a connection was found between him and arms dealer Bhandari. The connection came to light during an the Income Tax raids on Bhandari, where a series of email interactions between Bhandari and Vadra also revealed the existence of a London property (bought for almost Rs. 19 crore).
Vadra, who arguably shot to fame due to his business deals, was also mentioned in the documents released by India Against Corruption (IAC) that showed how he acquired land assets in and around the National Capital Region (NCR), worth hundreds of crores of rupees, funded by interest-free loans given to him by DLF and other companies for no apparent reason, as mentioned in an earlier report.
Lately, the Modi government has alleged the Congress of corruption in various deals and scams. The party has been under constant scrutiny over various deals like the AgustaWestland chopper deal.
Earlier in the year the party chief and her son Rahul Gandhi had been named in the National Herald controversy wherein the Congress was allegedly involved in illegal activities. At the time too, Sonia had lashed out saying, ‘Why dont you challenge us in the court?’.
The case went to the courts and Rahul and Sonia are now out on bail. At the time too, the party president had claimed that this was a controversy by the BJP against the Congress.
On June 1, the Raebareli MP will meet people, district party leaders and workers at Bhuemau guest house and will inaugurate the Jan Suvidha Kendra at Vikas Bhawan. Later, she will attend a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee.