BJP releases DamaadGate, targets Vadra

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 27, 2014 16:42 hrs

Amid Gandhi family's attacks on Narendra Modi over the Gujarat model, BJP on Sunday hit back by bringing out a video and a booklet on alleged land deals of Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law by terming it as 'Robert Vadra model of development'.

Alleging that the 'model' became successful due to the patronage provided by the Gandhi family to Robert Vadra, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "There was gross violation of laws relating to land and environment. The influence of the family helped make Vadra big earnings in the deals."

The six-page booklet titled 'Damad (son-in-law) Shree' refers to the alleged deals of Vadra in Rajasthan and Haryana. The nearly 8-minute documentary seeks to show how Vadra was allegedly helped in his business deals by the Gandhi family using their clout.

Read: Damad Shree, the Vadra 'get-rich-quick' model

Prasad said BJP was not targeting an individual but the issue of corruption.

"Someone talks about a big heart. Whose big heart helped Robert Vadra to establish his empire in such a short span with an initial investment of Rs 1 lakh?" he questioned.

He was referring to Priyanka Gandhi's dig at Modi that a 56-inch chest was not needed to run the country but a "big heart" and "moral strength".

Prasad said except Priyanka, Congress has made no serious attempt to defend Vadra.

Alleging that the land deals involving Vadra were a "textbook case of corruption and crony capitalism under state patronage", he said BJP wants to know from Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi as to under whose patronage Vadra was allowed to carry out the deals in Haryana and Rajasthan "violating various environmental and land laws".

BJP behaving like frustrated rats: Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi on Sunday accused the BJP of unnecessarily defaming her husband Robert Vadra, and said the opposition was "behaving like frustrated rats".

Asked about the BJP's accusations against Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi told media persons: "They are behaving like frustrated rats. I knew they would resort to spreading lies a few days before the polls."

"Let them do more such smear campaigns. I will not keep quiet. I will keep raising my voice against their negative, destructive and unabashed politics," Priyanka Gandhi said after an election rally in Rae Bareli where she was campaigning for her mother.

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