'Kejriwal, Bhushan want cheap publicity'

Sonias son-in-law slams activists; Cong backs him

'Kejriwal, Bhushan want cheap publicity'

Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, dismissed the allegations levelled against him over his business dealings with DLF “utterly baseless” and termed it as an attempt by IAC members Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan “to gain cheap popularity”.

“The allegations levelled against me by Kejriwal and Bhushan are utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory,” Vadra said in a statement to a news channel.

Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, further said: “I’m saddened by the attempt of Kejriwal and Bhushan to deliberately misrepresent numbers contained in my financial statements, manufacture lies and malign my family in order to gain cheap publicity for themselves and for the launch of their political party.”

Vadra, 42, also stressed that he is a law-abiding citizen engaged in business for over 21 years and his business transactions are fully reflected in financial statements filed before appropriate government authorities in compliance with the law and that “they are available in the public domain to anyone interested in knowing the truth”.

Reacting to Vadra’s statement, Kejriwal said: “Robert Vadra has questioned our motives that is not important. He has not replied to the questions that we have raised... He is hiding behind DLF and Congress. He should come in open and clarify the charges”.
Meanwhile, BJP president Nitin Gadkari attacked Congress asking why the party is not enquiring the matter when Kejriwal has shown evidence against Vadra.

However, when asked why BJP was silent on Vadra all these times, Gadkari told a news television that they were aware of his business links but did not have documents to prove it and that is why they never raised the issue against him.

BJP’s reluctance

 Interestingly, it is learnt that the party had documents and a section of leaders wanted to raise the issue in Parliament but they were prevented from doing it as it was felt that making personal allegations against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law in public should be avoided.

Meanwhile, Congress continued to defend Vadra. Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: “For cheap publicity, Kejriwal is doing this. Whatever they say is true? DLF has clarified. That’s not enough? You feel no agency can probe this fairly? What do they want? If they have any proof, let them go to court of law. They can ask for inquiry if they have evidence. But they can’t make allegations just like this.”

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