April 14, 2016 1:54:36 pm
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.”
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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.”
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