New Delhi, Apr 27 IBNS | 3 months ago

Amid a raging war-of-words between the Congress led by the Gandhi family and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over corruption, the BJP hit back at the ruling party and Priyanka Gandhi asking which big heart had helped her husband Robert Vadra acquire lands illegally.


"Which big heart helped Vadra?" asked BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad in a press meet in New Delhi referring to Vadra's controversial land deals and Priyanka Gandhi's mocking of Modi's speeches to say that one does not need a 56 inch chest to rule or lead India but a big heart.

He asked why Robert Vadra, who is embroiled in a land controversy in Haryana and Rajasthan, did not buy land in non-Congress states.

"The two governments of Haryana and Rajasthan bent rules and favoured Robert Vadra in acquiring land. If Robert Vadra was such a great businessman, why did he not expand outside Rajasthan and Haryana?

"Land Ceiling act in Rajasthan permits only 175 acres land holding. Vadra allegedly purchased 1634 hectares," said Prasad.

"The Robert Vadra scam is a textbook case of corruption. It is not against any family. It is how rules and laws were bent to favour one man," said Prasad.

Prasad said Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi must answer the questions of BJP for their patronage and indulgence for expansion of Robert Vadra empire.

He said the Congress must explain the Robert Vadra model of development, a day after Sonia Gandhi said "God save India from Modi model."

BJP released a video ad also targeting the Gandhi family over Robert Vadra and questioned on his sources of fund.

Earlier, taking a dig at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader PriyankaGandhi on Sunday said a 56-inch chest is not required to lead India.

"A 56-inch chest is not needed to run India, a big heart is required to run it. To run this country, cruel force of power is not needed, but moral strength is needed," she said while addressing a rally in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh.

This comes after Modi had used the 56-inch chest remark during an election rally in Gorakhpur while reacting to Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam's remark on turning UP into Gujarat.

On Saturday, Sonia Gandhi at an election rally in Punjab said "God save India from the Gujarat model of development."

"God save the country from this sort of model," said Sonia Gandhi. "It has many problems," she said.

(Posted on 27-04-2014)