Amid allegations that her son-in-law Robert Vadra had links with an arms dealer and a property in London, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Tuesday dared the government to “get a fair inquiry conducted without any bias”.
During a two-day visit to her constituency, Rae Bareli, Sonia also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying, “I have not seen such a Prime Minister ever. Is he a Shahanshah or a Prime Minister? There were celebrations (to mark two years of the NDA government) when the country is facing poverty, drought and farmers are in distress.”
On the allegations against Vadra, she said, “It is all part of a conspiracy of Congress-mukt Bharat. Such things are happening on a daily basis.
Excuses are being made, false charges are being levelled. Bina bhed bhav ke jaanch karao taaki doodh ka doodh paani ka paani ho jaaye (get a fair inquiry conducted without any bias to make things clear).”
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During the day, the Congress chief inaugurated a new nagar panchayat building in Dalmau.
Outside the venue, villagers protested against an Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp located nearby. The protesters alleged that for the expansion of the camp, a road connecting their village to Dalmau Ganga ghat had been blocked. A delegation of villagers met Sonia, demanding removal of the camp.
“We have to travel 2-3 km extra to reach the ghat, which is a problem, especially for women. We will launch a protest if Sonia Gandhi does not listen to us,” said Harshit Tiwari, a local.
Sonia promised the villagers that she would look into the issue.
Gaje Singh, in-charge of the ITBP camp, said a final decision about conducting a fresh survey before acquiring land for expansion would be taken by seniors next week.
Later in the day, Sonia laid the foundation stone of different road projects to be undertaken under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and the Road Development Fund. She also paid surprise visits to some villages, asking locals about day-to-day problems.
On Wednesday, Sonia will hold a meeting of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee. The meeting is significant as Sonia had recently written to the District Magistrate asking him to take steps to tackle the water crisis in the region, which would be reviewed at Wednesday’s meeting.