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Priyanka downplays Vadra's comment
PTI
CSM Nagar (Amethi), February 06, 2012
First Published: 21:30 IST(6/2/2012)
Last Updated: 01:03 IST(7/2/2012)
Congress party campaigner Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with voters at a meeting at Bhusiyawa in Amethi. PTI Photo/Atul Yadav

Priyanka Gandhi on Monday downplayed her husband Robert Vadra's comment that he was not averse to joining politics by saying he had no intention of taking up politics and appeared to blame the media.

"Look, you (media) must have asked him a twisted question and then misinterpreted it. Robertji is very happy doing his business and in my opinion he must have said that he is happy in his business."

Going into campaign mode in this Gandhi family bastion, Vadra on Monday had indicated he was not averse to joining politics, saying he will fight elections if people desired.

"I would definitely contest if the people so desired," Vadra said.

Vadra was asked whether he had any plans to join politics during an informal chat with reporters.

Vadra also said, "There is a time for everything. This is the time for Rahul. Then there will be time for Priyanka. The whole family has been with Amethi, UP and the whole country."

"You will see everything will happen in its own time. It is her wish," he said.

When Priyanka was asked to comment on this remark,  she said, "you (media) repeatedly ask him why he's stopping me(from entering politics) he must have anwsered that."

The AICC feigned ignorance about Vadra's comments.

"I do not know about it. I have not seen or heard it. I can't react without seeing," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in Delhi.

Pressed further on the issue, he asked the reporters to wait for Tuesday.

Vadra stressed that he is lending support as a family member to take forward Rahul's message, though both Rahul and Priyanka do not require any help.

"I have come to share and take Rahul's message to villages and every corner and you will definitely see a change," he said.

Vadhra arrived in Amethi along with his daughter last night in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and took part in a rally in Gauriganj this morning and later addressed the electorate in Salon assembly segment of Amethi.

To a question whether it was time for Rahul to become the prime minister, Vadra said that he could not speak on the issue and that he would himself reply to it.

BJP declined to comment on Vadra's statement that he is not averse to entering politics if the people want him to.

"This is an internal matter of the family. BJP would not like to comment on it," party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said when asked about Vadra's comments.

However, BJP did react to Vadra's comments on Priyanka's prospects of entering politics.

Hussain said, "Rahul Gandhi is not so elder to Priyanka. There is not much age difference between them and they are contemporaries. So, Priyanka cannot join politics after Rahul (completes his innings)."


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