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BJP slams Congress on report that Bhandari paid for Robert Vadra air tickets

Reacting to this, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi can order any investigation into allegations against Vadra to find out if there was any “wrongdoing”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2017 7:15 am
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A week after the Congress held a press conference targeting party chief Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s alleged business dealings after a report in The Wire, the BJP on Tuesday fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to question the “silence” of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi over a report on Times Now that in 2012, fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari bought business-class air tickets for Rahul’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra.

“Why (are) the senior leadership of the Congress, inclusive of the Congress president and vice president, keeping a studied silence,” Sitharaman asked. “Studied silence on a matter on which their spokespersons even last year were vehemently demanding that no speculation be done, just talking with people does not establish any commercial interest between them… I am referring to a few instances of give and take which have been happening between an absconding arms dealer in the name of Sanjay Bhandari and his talk, conversation and slightly more than that, in terms of other assistance with Robert Vadra.”

Referring to a report on Times Now, Sitharaman said: “The Congress vice president who is very active, probably copying the Prime Minister of India on Twitter, and comes out with lots of interesting twists to the tale each time to bring in a sense of humour has remained silent,” she said.

Reacting to this, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi can order any investigation into allegations against Vadra to find out if there was any “wrongdoing”.

“As far as any allegations against Robert Vadra are concerned, we will only say, 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 told reporters in Bangaluru.

Citing the media report, Sitharaman alleged that a London house linked to Vadra was refurbished by Bhandari, who also made arrangements for his travel abroad. She claimed that an amount of 7.5 lakh Swiss franc was deposited in a bank account of Bhandari and asked if there was a connection between this and the money spent on refurbishing the London house linked to Vadra. Sitharaman alleged that there were at least three transactions between them with “serious financial implications”.

“Can somebody from the Congress, not come and give us platitudes but tell us how this will get explained,” Sitharaman asked. “The Congress’s first family’s son-in-law is linked to the person in question.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani targeted Rahul Gandhi with her tweet: “Eagerly awaiting Rahul Ji’s poetic explanation for #VadraTicketGate.”

Asked about the CBI’s progress in the case investigating Bhandari, Sitharaman said this question should be put to the agency.

“The government is taking all steps to bring the absconding arms dealer back to India to face the law,” Sitharaman added.

Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said: “The question is how did Sanjay Bhandari escape in their charge. Who gave him the passport to escape? These are larger questions. When this man should have been arrested and prevented from leaving the country, they let him loose. The question is where is he and why is not being arrested.”

On allegations that Bhandari booked air tickets for Vadra, he said: “This is all fabricated. We are not going to answer to the BJP. The questions are posed to them. How did the accused escape?…all this is timelined for the Gujarat election.”

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    Indian
    Oct 19, 2017 at 8:52 am
    First, Throw this SON-IN-LAW of the "FAKE GAN-DHIS of the NEHRU DYNASTY" in Jail for all the SCAMS ........................... and then THROW everyone else involved in LOOT SCAMS including SHAH's SON, LALOO's SON, KARUNANIDHI's NEPHEW, CHIDAMBARAM's SON, GOWDA's SON, BADAL's SON etc etc. ...... Let all LOOTING FAMILY MEMBERS enjoy together in JAIL.
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      bharamit shah
      Oct 19, 2017 at 3:00 am
      Godfather modi ji wants to save the son of his fastest friend nwmed Shah-zada so he has ordered his entire cabinet to concentrate only on saving the shah-zada which more important than any other work jay ...jay..jay..jay he.
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        Dev
        Oct 18, 2017 at 10:17 pm
        Behold....yet another Secular Scam that too straight from the first family...! One also hears that the press freedom has gone for a toss too...!! Surprise Surprise....are we going to see some protests over this or will it be hush hush don't speak don't tell for the political intellectuals as this does not involve the saffron ogres.
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          Dev Verma
          Oct 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
          Surjewala PM doesn't need to investigate your jijaji as there are many investigating agencies to do the job but one thing is very sure "dal mein kush kala" baisey tou puri ki puri congress hi kali hei and we have no doubt about it...Bechera robertu is poor a...sss wh.....le and if got free ticket no a big deal "Bikhari hei pura khandan" but Ist class about 8 lacs wow and that too from a absconder. Why all absconder's are in touch with congress ? absconder Lalit Modi ran into robertu and priyanka in london all of sudden and he took them for free lunch knowingly poorest of the poor from India but rahul baba never say a word because he knows the poorers what they cook behind the curtain..."KOI APNA CRICKET KEY SCAM KAA HISSA KYON EGA" whether lalit modi is in london or elsewhere.
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            devkaran verma
            Oct 19, 2017 at 3:07 am
            dala main kuchh kala nahin poori dal he kali hai.modi ji is interested only in saving shah-zada son of his friend amit ji so the whole bjp is inventing alternate facts to confuse the public.......lekin yeh jo public hai ab sab jan gai hai......asli kya hai or nakli kya hai.......Shah-zada ...ZINDABAD
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            Shafted mohammed
            Oct 18, 2017 at 10:29 am
            Jijaji , how cheap you have become to take plane tickets from that slimy bhandari. You have lot of money with your mother in as top ten richest women in world and by doing this cheap lafda , you have put rahulji on back foot when he is going to be congress president and he needed to attack and now he is on defensive.
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