BJP drags Priyanka into graft attack

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2012 03:02 hrs
BJP drags Priyanka into graft attack

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday raised questions about Priyanka Gandhi's property in Himachal Pradesh, dragging the Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter, into the ongoing corruption onslaught against the India's ruling party.

Following the accusation of Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra having helped real estate giants DLF in return for favours, BJP leader Shanta Kumar on Monday demanded that real estate in Himachal Pradesh Priyanka should also be probed.

In a letter to social activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, Kumar sought an inquiry into property owned by the Gandhi family in Himachal Pradesh.

"Priyanka Vadra's family also has a property in Shimla. I don't have the full information about it but it is worth crores of rupees. Please add it to your list. The nation is with you in this important movement," Kumar said in the letter.

Kejriwal and activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan last Friday had targeted the Congress first family by laying before people the alleged undervalued property deals of Vadra with India's biggest realty firm DLF, alleging the former made hundreds of crores in return of government favours to the firm.

India Against Corruption (IAC), the group of which Kejriwal is a top member, however responded by saying that since Kumar's own party is in power in Himachal Pradesh, so sharing the information is the BJP's responsibility.

"There is a BJP government in Himachal. It is easy for them to probe if there is any property belonging to Priyanka Vadra in Shimla. Still Shanta Kumar says he does not have full information about it. We cannot understand this," a press statement from IAC said.

"We have also come to know that outsiders are not allowed to buy land in Himachal without government permission. How was Priyanka Vadra allowed to buy that property and by which government," the statement questioned.

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