I am born and brought up here, would never leave my Country, says Vadra.
Robert Vadra, the businessman son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said he was capable of withstanding pressures because of the strong support of his family.
“I am born and brought up here, would never leave my country, no pressure, even if I am humiliated. No matter what the government says, I have the ability to sustain and to absorb. I have a very strong and good family which gives me strength,” he told ANI in an exclusive interview.
“I didn’t need my wife Priyanka to enhance my life, I have enough, I have always had enough. My father gave me enough. I have been educated enough to sustain in all types of situations,” he said.
Asked whether he would take the plunge into active politics, Vadra said, “I would not say never, let’s see what future has in store for me.”
Robert Vadra has campaigned for his brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi and his mother-in-law Sonia Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh, but has never made campaign speeches or taken part in political meetings.
Asked whether he planned to change that strategy, Vadra replied, “When people will call for me, when they think I can make some change, then only will I think of joining politics. I understand my responsibilities. I know with which family I am associated, what they have done for generations. I have to make sure that I respect it.”
He also said in the near future the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government “will witness a major revolt”. He added, “We are a diverse nation and have to be neutral in all the spheres and treat people equally regardless of their religion. We have to learn to accept all sorts of opinions.”
Speaking about freedom to express opinions in campuses and elsewhere, Vadra said: “I don’t say go against the nation. I am a proud Indian and I will abide by the norms but at the same time I have thoughts, I have ideology. I have the right to decide (what is) wrong and right. We can’t dictate to the youth. They are our future. We have to listen to them, understand them but we cannot threaten them or intimidate them.”
The Justice S N Dhingra Commission, is probing alleged irregularities in grant of licences to developers in four villages of Gurgaon by the previous Congress Government in Haryana.
Apart from Vadra’s company Skylight Hospitality, the commission is also going to examine other real estate companies which benefited because of alleged irregularities.
In 2008, Skylight Hospitality sold 3.5 acres of land in Shikohpur village to DLF at a rate much higher than the prevailing rate then. The deal became a major issue in the run-up to the Assembly election last year. The BJP, then in Opposition, repeatedly said it will probe the deal if it comes to power.
In May last year, the BJP government of Manohar Lal Khattar appointed the Dhingra commission to probe alleged irregularities in grant of licence(s) by the Department of Town and Country Planning to some companies in Gurgaon Sector 83 for development of commercial colonies. Later, the scope of the probe was expanded to four villages in Gurgaon.
Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda lately failed to appear before the Justice S N Dhingra commission which is probing his role in the Robert Vadra’s land deal case.
The commission had on March 17 summoned Hooda to record his statements regarding the allotment of land to the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra promoted Skylight Hospitality company.
Hooda had on March 17 claimed that nothing wrong was done during his tenure as the chief minister of Haryana, adding that allegations against him were politically motivated.
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