I would never leave India: Robert Vadra opens up about Priyanka and politics

Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on Thursday said that he didn't need Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to enhance his life. "I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life, I think I had enough. My parents gave me enough," said Vadra.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Vadra spoke on various issues ranging from his nationalistic values to how the Modi government at the Centre "will witness a major revolt" in the near future.

Vadra has been quite conspicuous off late on social media with his Facebook posts on important political and social issues. Refuting rumours about him leaving the country, Vadra said, "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."

To a question that has been asked umpteen number of times — 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." Vadra, in the past, has campaigned for his brother-in-law and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and party chief Sonia Gandhi but he has never addressed a rally.

"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."

Robert Vadra with wife Priyanka. Reuters

Robert Vadra with wife Priyanka. Reuters

Vadra, who is under scanner for his land deals in Haryana, asserted that the people of the nation are wise enough to comprehend the veracity of the present circumstances enveloping the country, Robert Vadra on Thursday said that in the near future the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government "will witness a major revolt."

"I wish the government all the best, but I think people will revolt against it as they know what is right and what is wrong," he said.
He further said, "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."

A one-man commission is probing Robert Vadra's land deals in Haryana. A one-man commission is probing Robert Vadra's land deals in Haryana. The CAG had blamed Haryana's previous Congress government, led by then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for showing undue favours to Robert Vadra, in his multi-million rupee controversial land deal with realty giant DLF.

Adding that the youth of India cannot be distracted and "we have to listen to them", 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."

While the BJP reacted sharply saying "a people's revolt" had already happened in 2014 when the "corrupt" UPA government was voted out of power, Congress declined to comment.

The controversial businessman, whose land deals are being probed by BJP governments in Haryana and Rajasthan, said people will soon realise when their day-to-day life was better and they were happy. "As far as communal issues are concerned, we (country) take all religions along."

He said he can "absorb" a lot and people will get to know the truth about him.

"The nation should know the truth about me and I think in time people will know," he said.

At the AICC briefing, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma chose to ignore questions over the interview.

BJP attacked Vadra saying the government was "pro-common man" and the only people feeling the heat were those who had committed "fraud" and made money at the expense of poor farmers.

"As far as people's revolt is concerned, it has already happened. It happened in 2014 when people threw Congress out of the power due to its corruption and mal-governance," party's national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

In a reference to Vadra's other comments, the BJP leader said he was expressing "his anguish with his in-laws" and his attack on the government could be a ruse.

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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2016 21:54:00 IST

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