Continuing her attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the expose done by OpIndia yesterday, BJP leader Smriti Irani said that Congress has accepted that the expose is correct the party has said that the land deal did happen. Talking to Republic Bharat, she said the Congress party has agreed that Rahul Gandhi has financial links with H L Pahwa, the man linked with fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
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Talking to Republic Bharat, the union minister said that till now only Robert Vadra was known for questionable land deals, but now it seems his brother in law Rahul Gandhi also loves such land deals. She also mentioned that C C Thampi had got petroleum deals during the UPA government. According to the OpIndia expose, Thampi had financed Pahwa to buy back land at four times the price he had originally sold to Priyanka Gandhi. Smriti Irani said that Robert Vadra was just a mask but the real offender is Rahul Gandhi.
The Gandhi-Vadra family has defined family scam, Rahul Gandhi’s contender in the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Amethi said. What is the relation of Rahul Gandhi with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari who is facing investigations, asked Smriti Irani. She said that Rahul Gandhi should explain his relations with H L Pahwa, C C Thampi and Sanjay Bhandari.
Talking about using the OpIndia expose to attack Rahul Gandhi, she said that when independent media brings up such facts, she has every right to raise questions on the matter and demand a probe. By accepting that Rahul Gandhi did buy land from H L Pahwa, Congress has vindicated the OpIndia report, she added.
Referring to Rahul Gandhi opposing the Rafale deal, Smriti Irani said it is very sad that Rahul Gandhi was prepared to compromise on the security of the nation only because he had personal interest in the brokerage of defence deals, only for few crumbs. I am both sad and outraged due to this, she added.