BJP questions Sonia, Rahul's silence on charges against Robert Vadra

Cong dares saffron party to get any probe done
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Bengaluru
17 Oct 2017

The BJP today mounted attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, questioning their "silence" over a claim in a media report that Robert Vadra had "links" with fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

While Vadra did not react to the media report, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi could get "any investigation" done into any allegations against the party chief's son-in-law to find out if there was any "wrong doing". The BJP fielded defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman to attack the Congress leadership over the media report which claimed that Vadra had "links" with Bhandari who had even booked tickets for Vadra for an overseas visit in 2012. Sitharaman, while addressing a press conference in Delhi, asked, "Why senior leadership of the Congress, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, is keeping a studied silence?"  She said the silence of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul will be construed as acceptance of charges against Vadra.

After the BJP's attack, the Congress today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should get "any investigation" done into any allegations against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of party chief Sonia Gandhi, to find out if there was any "wrong doing". Surjewala said Vadra has been going through "witch-hunting" for the last 41 months. Surjewala was talking to reporters here on a claim in a media report that Vadra had "links" with fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. "As far as any allegations against Robert Vadra are concerned, we will only say, Modiji has been in power for 41 months. "They have a government in Haryana and Rajasthan, and by all means, conduct any investigation that you choose, and come to a conclusion through a free and fair process of law of any wrong doing," Surjewala said.

The Congress leader said in "witch-hunting" of 41 months and multiple commissions of inquiries, the BJP has not arrived at a single conclusion of violation of any law, rule or regulation, either in Haryana and Rajasthan. "Allegations were levelled in these two states, based on which they came to power," the Congress spokesman added. A national news channel on Monday had claimed that "the absconding arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari (had) booked business- class tickets for Vadra in 2012." Citing the media report, the BJP today asked Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul to break their "silence" on it. Addressing a press meet in New Delhi, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the silence of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul will be construed as acceptance of the charges against Vadra.

Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani had on Monday targeted Rahul Gandhi with her tweet which said, "Eagerly awaiting Rahul Ji's poetic explanation for #VadraTicketGate."