Congress, BJP mud-slinging before Gujarat, Himachal polls

Political tempers in the national Capital soared ahead of crucial elections in two states with the Congress and the BJP targeting each other over some or the other issue.

Published: 18th October 2017 09:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2017 10:54 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:Political tempers in the national Capital soared ahead of crucial elections in two states with the Congress and the BJP targeting each other over some or the other issue.While the BJP slammed the Congress for its silence on the alleged relationship between Robert Vadra, Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law, and arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at BJP president Amit Shah for his son’s business dealings.

Robert Vadra

“Why is the senior leadership of the Congress silent on Vadra’s matter? We demand answers on the relationship between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra. The leadership’s silence only implies that they were completely aware of it,” said defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Citing media reports, Sitharaman alleged that a London house linked to Vadra was refurbished by Bhandari, who also made arrangements for his travel abroad. She claimed that 7.5 lakh Swiss francs were deposited in Bhandari’s bank account and asked if there was a connection between this and the money spent on refurbishing the house. “There are multiple grey areas involving Vadra and Bhandari, including emails and bank transactions, that suggest financial dealings between them,” Sitharaman said.
Reacting to the BJP’s remarks, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said Vadra had been going through a ‘witch-hunt’ for the past 41 months.

“As far as any allegations against Vadra are concerned, we will only say that 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 wrongdoing,” Surjewala said. He said even after multiple commissions of inquiry, the BJP has not yet arrived at a single conclusion of violation of any law, rules or regulations, either in Haryana or Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has once again raised the matter related to BJP chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.

“State legal help for Shah-Zada! Why this, why this Kolaveri Da?” he tweeted.On Monday, Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani targeted Rahul Gandhi, tweeting: “Eagerly awaiting
Rahulji’s poetic explanation for #VadraTicketGate.”


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