New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit back at the Congress party over its chief Sonia Gandhi referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘shahenshah’ (emperor), while defending allegations against her son-in-law Robert Vadra, saying that ‘dynastic politics’ is a hallmark of the grand old party and not the BJP’s.
Speaking to ANI, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the ‘Shahenshah’ and ‘Shehzada’ (prince) culture is prevalent in the Congress party, adding that Prime Minister Modi is the ‘pradhan sevak’ (prime servant) of the country.
He also said that instead of congratulating the BJP for their achievements in the last two-years, the Congress is criticising them.
“The nation is developing, farmers are happy and foreign exchange reserves are on a rise, but Congress and Sonia ji can’t see all this. Sonia ji is calling Modi ji a ‘Shahenshah’. She should know that on the first day itself he (PM Modi) had said that he is the ‘pradhan sevak’ (prime servant),” he said.
“Shahenshah and Shehzada culture exists in Congress and not in the BJP. The Prime Minister is duty bound to prevent wrongdoing, no matter who it is?,” he added.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Shrikant Sharma said that Sonia Gandhi coming out to defend Vadra shows that the Gandhi family is aware of his wrongdoings.
“We are not making any allegations. We are just raising questions on what is coming in the public domain. The Sonia ji is getting frustrated, shows that there is something wrong,” Sharma told ANI.
“We used to say that whatever Robert Vadra is doing is being done with the knowledge of Gandhi family. Now, Sonia Gandhi’s response shows that what we used to say was right. It shows they all in it together,” he added.
Retorting to allegations levelled against her son-in-law Robert Vadra that a controversial arms dealer bought a ‘benami’ or proxy-owned mansion in London for him in 2009, Sonia Gandhi earlier said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-NDA government is resorting to new lows everyday to achieve their target of ‘Congress free India’ and dared the Centre to launch a probe.
Gandhi further castigated the two year bash celebrated by the NDA cadre and termed the event which took place at India gate last week as unethical.
“I have never seen anything of this sort in my entire life. A prime Minister is a Prime Minister not a Shahenshah (emperor). At a time when the nation is reeling under drought and is suffering from poverty, such celebrations are not ethical,” Gandhi said.
According to reports, Vadra is being probed after Income Tax raids on arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari revealed alleged links between the two and cryptic references to a London property.
However, Robert Vadra’s lawyers have outrightly denied the charges.
Last month, enforcement agencies raided 18 sites owned by Bhandari. After which it divulged in its reports Vadra and his executive assistant exchanged emails discussing nitty-gritty’s for an accommodation in London (12 Ellerton House, Bryanston Square) bought for 19 lakh GBP (Rs 19 crore) in October 2009 and sold in June 2010.