Chandigarh: Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said Robert Vadra was a private citizen who had every right to do any legitimate business he wants, and challenged the BJP to approach court “without any hesitation” on the issue of clearance of land deal by Haryana government.
Singh said that Vadra’s name was raked up only during the polls to defame the clean image of Nehru- Gandhi family.
Addressing a news conference here, the Congress General Secretary said, “What law he (Robert Vadra) has violated. If there is any violation then people (BJP) should approach the court. Whenever election comes, Vadra issue suddenly emerges.
“Vadra’s name is misused during election campaign and once the polls are over, the matter is closed. The whole idea is to use the name of Vadra for political purpose.”
Describing Vadra as a private citizen of the country, Singh said that he had every right to undertake legitimate business.
“He (Vadra) is a private citizen and a private citizen has every right to do any legitimate business and if he does something which is not legitimate, action should be taken against him.
“But, why should anyone be denied from doing a legitimate business just because he is related to a family which is political,” he asked.
He was asked to respond to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s statement, who had yesterday charged the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government with not presenting full facts of the case before election Commission.
BJP had petitioned the EC alleging that there was violation of the Model Code of Conduct by Haryana government in clearing the Vadra land deal.
Election Commission, however, yesterday ruled that there appears to be no violation of the poll code by Haryana government.
Taking a dig at Prasad, Singh said, “Prasad is a distinguished lawyer. He is the law minister of the country. I just want to ask him one question. He (Prasad) had been saying Vadra should go to jail. Would Prasad tell us under what law can he (Vadra) be sent to jail?
“Would Prasad, who has been using the name of Vadra to defame the clean image of Nehru-Gandhi family, please tell us if he is so agitated about the issue then why is he not filing a case against Vadra in the court of law.”
Taking a jibe at Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government, Singh said why the state government was not taking action against land deals involving Vadra.
Asked to respond to BJP which asked Congress not to politicise ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Singh said that Congress never indulged in politicising the national security issues.
“Congress never indulged in politicisation of national security issues,” he said adding that BJP and Narendra Modi who was the then Gujarat Chief Minister used to politicise the unprovoked firing incidents (when UPA was in power).
“Aaj unko saanp kyon soongh gya hai? (Why BJP is mum now),” he said while referring to ongoing ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
He said that India and Pakistan should resolve their issues through dialogue only. “Congress has always said Pakistan and India are neighbouring countries. Their problems are the same and they should resolve their issues through dialogue. Firing or war is not good for both the nations,” he said.
The Congress leader said that flag meetings should take place between Indian and Pakistani forces for resolving the issue of ceasefire violations.
Referring to fresh report about the death of Sunanda Pushkar, Singh said that police should take all possible steps to find out the culprit.
A team of AIIMS doctors submitted a fresh report to the police on the mysterious death of Sunanda, wife of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, saying that she died of poisoning.
The Congress General Secretary also hit out at BJP for raising ‘Love Jihad’ issue.
“Today efforts are being made to disturb country’s secular atmosphere. They (BJP) talk about Love Jihad. BJP’s leader Sikandar Bakht’s wife was Hindu. Another BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP (Mukhtar Abbas) Naqvi’s wife is also a Hindu,” he said adding, “Their (BJP) objective is only to draw olitical gains by raising these issues.”