The BJP-Congress slugfest turned into a no holds barred fight Sunday as the saffron party released a video and booklet on Robert Vadrafs alleged fraudulent land deals, prompting Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to say ga bunch of liesh would not silence her.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses a public meeting in the Gandhi bastion of Rae Bareli. (HT Photo)
gThey are baffled and running around like rats. I knew they would repeat their bunch of liesc Let them say whatever they want, I wonft keep quiet. I am waiting for them to say more,h retorted Priyanka as she campaigned in Rae Bareli.
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The six-page booklet, titled Damaad Shri ? The Vadra Get-Rich-Quick Model, and the eight-minute video accuse the businessman of making fraudulent land deals in Congress-ruled Haryana and Rajasthan (now under BJP rule since December 2013) with the help of the Gandhi family.
Speaking at a press conference to release the booklet, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad called it a gtextbook case of corruption and crony capitalism under state patronageh.
The attack came a day after Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka had targeted BJP PM pick Narendra Modi and his Gujarat model of development.
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Asserting that he did not believe in witch-hunts or politics of vendetta, of which he claimed to have been a gvictimh, Modi, however, said the allegations against Vadra would be dealt with in the event of his coming to power.
He told PTI the glaw will take its own courseh but added, gAn inquiry has to happen in an institutional manner as per due process without interference from any quarter. Such actions should never be guided by political considerations.h
Asserting that the Allahabad high court and Supreme Court had already rejected these charges, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, gNarendra Modi and the BJP are panicking due to Priyanka Gandhi Vadrafs popular campaign in Rae Bareli and Amethi.h
The party said gModi and companyh had glost their balanceh in their gfrustration and desperationh and were using the BJPfs gdirty tricks departmenth to level false and mischievous allegations against Vadra and the Gandhis.
In Gujarat, the Congress presidentfs political adviser Ahmed Patel dared the BJP to glaunch any inquiry they wish into his (Vadrafs) land purchasesh. Patel told NDTV that Vadra had not been shown any special favours and that the BJP was simply targeting him to get to the Gandhi family.
Questioning the timing of the video, the Aam Aadmi Party alleged a gsecret understandingh between the BJP and the Gandhis on Vadra and asked why the saffron party had maintained a gmysterious silenceh when Arvind Kejriwal had first raised the issue a year and a half ago.
Maintaining that the partyfs focus was the issue of corruption and not a particular family or individual, Prasad demanded the Congress explain under whose patronage Vadra was allowed to carry out deals gviolating environmental and land lawsh.
Directing questions to Sonia and Rahul, the BJP asked if it wasnft a fact that firms were gforcedh to purchase land from Vadrafs companies at huge costs in Rajasthan. gThe then Congress government in Rajasthan was working in perfect coordination with Vadra to facilitate huge returns for his investment,h Prasad alleged.
To Priyankafs dig at Modi that one needed a gbig hearth and not a g56-inch chesth to run the country, Prasad said, gSomeone talks about a big heart. Whose big heart helped Robert Vadra establish his empire in such a short span with an initial investment of Rs. 1 lakh?h