Sonia Gandhi rescued Robert Vadra over links with arms dealer


New Delhi: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi defends her son­-in-law Robert Vadra over an inquiry into whether he was bought a benami house in London from the arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. "Every day they are coming up with some allegations. It is a conspiracy, if they have any proof, they should investigate and prove all the allegations," Sonia said.

Sonia criticised the Modi government for celebrating its success of two years. She disapproved of Modi's conduct, alleging that he behaves like an emperor as opposed to an elected official leader. She said, "I've never seen anything like this, Modi ji is a PM not a shehenshah"

She added, "Our nation is facing drought, poverty, farmer is in pain; at these times a "show" is not appropriate."

This is the first time Gandhi has spoken since the party lost power in the key states of Assam and Kerala.

The comment comes as the Central government has begun investigation into a controversial deal by Vadra. According to a report by NDTV, the probe is to determine if a controversial arms dealer bought a “benami” or proxy-owned mansion in London for him in 2009.

Vadra’s legal firm has denied that he owned the London property directly or indirectly. It also denied Vadra having any business ties with Bhandari or his aide.

Vadra, 46, had earlier alleged he was subjected to a “political witch-hunt” by the BJP, which accuses him of getting favours for land deals from previous Congress governments in Haryana and Rajasthan.