HOURS after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at Narendra Modi again, the BJP Sunday launched its sharpest attack against her husband, releasing a strongly worded booklet and video targeting Robert Vadra.
Titled ‘Damaad Shri’, the nearly 8-minute video accuses the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government in Haryana and the previous Ashok Gehlot regime in Rajasthan of helping Vadra grab land across the two states in violation of rules.
The video shows a snazzily dressed Vadra riding a fancy bike and working out, contrasting it with poverty-struck farmers whose land had been taken by him. The video accuses Sonia and Rahul Gandhi of facilitating the illegal land deals for Vadra. The six-page booklet, also titled ‘Damaad Shri’, talks about his various land deals.
“There was gross violation of laws relating to land and environment. Robert Vadra after Haryana went straight to Rajasthan. The previous Congress government of Rajasthan helped him by violating laws,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said releasing the booklet attacking Vadra.
The booklet and video prompted an instant reaction from Priyanka as well as — in a depature — from the Congress. Priyanka compared the BJP to “panic-stricken rats” and said she wouldn’t be scared. Speaking in Mahrajganj area of Rae Bareli, she said that she knew the BJP would resort to lies before polls. “Yeh baukhlaye hue choohon ki tarah bhag rahe hain... Jitna karna hai kar lein. Main kisi se nahi darti. Main inki vinashak, nakaratmak aur sharmnak rajniti pe bolti rahungi. Aur karein, chup nahin rahungi, bolti rahungi (They are running around like panicky rats... They can do as much as they want. I am not scared of anyone. I will keep on speaking about their destructive, negative and shameful politics. Let them do more. I will not sit quiet, I will continue to speak).”
The Congress also dismissed the allegations against Vadra as “panic reaction” by the BJP and said both the Supreme Court and the Allahabad High Court had already rejected these charges.
One after the other, several Congress leaders came out to defend Vadra, and the AICC media department officially put out a statement rejecting the charges. The Congress has in the past avoided commenting on Vadra, calling him a “private citizen”.
“The BJP is panicking due to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s campaign in Rae Bareli and Amethi. These are old, baseless allegations regurgitated at election time as a cheap political stunt by the BJP, an act of desperation,” head of