Congress has come forward, out in open, to defend Robert Vadra now – with Sonia Gandhi taking the charge this time.
There is no more ‘diplomatization’ of words by Congress spokespersons.
But isn’t it indefensible – defending Robert Vadra?
Till now, he was a private citizen for Congress to ignore questions on his meteoric rise, his multi-millionaire status from a modest background, his questionable land deals, his shady companies, his controversial statements and so on.
But not anymore – after his name was dragged into a ‘benami’ property that he reportedly had in London – that he bought and sold some years ago – through his links to a controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
Since yesterday, this house in London has become a must visit for every news honcho and for all those who work to fuel and plant political conspiracy theories.
Congress has demanded an impartial probe. BJP has demanded a thorough probe.
Sonia Gandhi has dared the Narendra Modi government to conduct a comprehensive enquiry saying Modi is just a prime minister and not a Shahenshah (emperor).
Subramanian Swamy, in his trademark (and frivolous) style, has said that Robert Vadra is preparing to take British citizenship and this ‘benami’ property was a part of these efforts.
Impartial probe – it cannot be – it can never be – because it doesn’t suit to the long-term political gains weaves around such issues – given the state of affairs Indian politics is.
Comprehensive, it will be as much as it can be (or any such probe with so many angles to stir the political pots), but to the extent that it doesn’t see any conclusion, but presents a maze of political cocoons, from which a favourable plot/element can be picked up – when(ever) it is the time.
Congress knows this. BJP knows this. Every political party knows this. And everyone who keenly watches Indian politics knows this.
So, the ongoing probe(s) against Robert Vadra, in Delhi, in Rajasthan and in Haryana, will never see a logical conclusion.
It is an evergreen pool of political potpourri to choose from whenever politically surcharged events like elections are ongoing. So, Robert Vadra becomes a hotly debated issue whenever an election approaches, especially where Congress is the main political rival.
That will always remain Congress’s political predicament – and an evergreen source to score some (and sometimes major) brownie points. Why will BJP let it go dry?
Congress is now realizing this ‘hoot and scoot’ (hit and run) strategy and today’s open counter-attack by Sonia Gandhi is an indication of that. But what else can Congress do?
And we will see more of it as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand elections approach as Congress is a major political force in these states, even if we say so with ample reservation in case of Uttar Pradesh.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/