Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday made a grand entry into Indian politics after she decided to drive her husband Robert Vadra to the Enforcement Directorate office. The ED grilled Vadra for hours in connection with the allegations of money laundering while purchasing posh properties in expensive parts of London.
The properties owned by Vadra in London were all allegedly purchased during 2005 and 2010 when the Congress-led UPA governed India. Vadra and family have vehemently denied allegations of money laundering.
Priyanka, who was recently appointed as the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, used the opportunity on Wednesday to make a huge statement on her arrival in Indian politics. While taking questions from media, Priyanka said, ‘Everyone knows what is happening.’ This was in response to a question on whether she felt the ED’s action against her husband was a part of the BJP’s vendetta politics.
Priyanka Gandhi on ED grilling husband Robert Vadra:
Everyone knows what is happening
Priyanka, sister of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, also said that she stood by her husband and wanted to send a message by personally accompanying Vadra to the ED office. “He is my husband, he is my family…I support my family,” Priyanka said.
After dropping her husband to the ED office, Priyanka drove straight to the Congress headquarters at 24 Akbar Road, where she has now been allocated her own private space. This is the first time that Priyanka has decided to take on the BJP since taking a formal role in the Congress. By visiting the party office after dropping her husband, Priyanka appeared to send a strong political message to her rivals.
He is my husband, he is my family…I support my family
Vadra had moved a court last week seeking anticipatory bail in the same case. The court had given him a reprieve stating that he could not be arrested until 16 February. In his plea for the anticipatory bail, Vadra had said that he was a victim of ‘unwarranted, unjustified and malicious criminal prosecution which on the face of it is completely politically motivated and is being carried out for reasons other than those prescribed under law.’
In December last year, the ED had carried out a series of raids at premises linked to Vadra. The Congress party had called the action against Vadra as an election stunt, reminding how the BJP had raised the same issue before the 2014 elections, but failed to prove any charges against him in the last five years.
BJP’s Sambit Patra on Wednesday had called Vadra and her brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi criminals. This resulted in incessant trolling of the controversial BJP spokesperson on social media.