In a development signaling a crucial change in the Congress' election campaign, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took on the BJP and its prime ministerial icon head on rather aggressively. In an emotional outburst at a public meeting in Rae Bareli, Priyanka directly addressed the issues related to her husband Robert Vadra.
Addressing villagers in a Rae Bareli hamlet she shot strong salvos at the opposition for running a malicious campaign against her family, particularly targeting her husband. It is also seen as a reply to Narendra Modi's 'RSVP' jibe. At a rally in Katihar (Bihar), Modi had mockingly referred to the family as 'RSVP' (Rahul, Sonia, Vadra, Priyanka).
"Every day, on TV I see allegations being leveled against my husband. I am very pained by the way his name is being dragged into politics. What kind of elections are these? What kind of politics is this? I don't feel sad because my husband's name is sullied. I don't feel sad because I have to explain my children that one day the truth will be out. I have learnt from my 'dadi' Indira Gandhi that if you are true and your heart is clear, there is an armour around you. It gets stronger as the attacks increase," she said, her voice suffused in emotion.
She also rambled rather philosophically as she said: "The more they attack us, the stronger I will become and fight Meanwhile, in New Delhi Congress leaders who privately had been terming Robert Vadra a political liability, defended him. Earlier, they would dismiss him as an "individual" and a "private person".
Randeep Surjewala told media briefing in Delhi that Allahabad high court as well as the apex court have rejected public interest litigations filed against Vadra. Reminding that the SC in its observations has stated that "it is not a sin to be relative of a political leader, he charged BJP of resorting to politicking, malicious persecution and revengeful remarks.