Modi vows to probe Vadra, corrupt deals

Alleges he turned Rs 1 lakh into 300 cr
Last Updated 21 April 2014, 20:39 IST

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday sharpened his attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying an inquiry would be conducted against “Jijaji” and “all other episodes” of corruption if the party comes to power.

Modi, of late, has intensified his tirade against the Gandhi family, after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi taunted him for his ‘Gujarat Model’ of development and his links with big businessmen.

At two separate rallies in Bihar and Assam, Modi raked up alleged shoddy land deals of Vadra, saying the country wants to know about the “RSVP (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka) model”.

The Gujarat Chief Minister again targeted Vadra at rallies in Ahmedabad and Etah, sarcastically describing him as “a magician who could turn Rs 1 lakh into Rs 300 crore in merely three years.”

The attack comes within a week after Modi in an interview to a news channel asserted that there will be no vindictive action against Vadra.

“The main focus of the BJP-led government will be to fulfil promises it has made to people and it’ll work with a positive attitude. It will not be vindictive towards anyone. I have paid the price for the past 12 years due to others’ vindictiveness. I will not follow that,” he had told the television channel.

The BJP seems to have got fresh ammo after a story on Vadra’s land deal appeared in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on April 17.

“The Wall Street Journal found that during the decade Vadra's in-laws have held sway in New Delhi, the 44-year-old with a high-school education and no experience in property development amassed a large real-estate portfolio.

Based on a review of company filings, land records and interviews with property experts, the Journal calculated that through 2012  Vadra sold more than $12 million of property, and as of then he still held real estate valued at about $42 million,” WSJ noted in the article titled ‘Behind a Real-Estate Empire, Ties to India's Gandhi Dynasty’

“It was not clear whether Vadra’s companies sold any more real estate since then because company filings for the past two years were not available on government websites,” it added.

(Published 21 April 2014, 20:39 IST)

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