NEW DELHI: Dragging Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into alleged corruption involving land deals, BJP on Wednesday alleged that the main opposition party, known for “institutionalising” graft, has now come to define “family corruption”.

Citing a media report, Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani said at a press conference that Robert Vadra is “merely a mask” in the controversial land deals and his brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi is the “real face,” Irani said,

“The country has come to know that the brother-in-law (Rahul) is also involved with his ‘jija’ (Robert Vadra) in this family package of corruption”.

Referring to the report, Irani claimed that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra purchased land in a deal involving H L Pahwa, who was raided by the enforcement directorate, and Mahesh Kumar Nagar, who also had a role in land transaction involving Robert Vadra. Pahwa, she said, was lent money by C C Thampi who is “friends” with controversial arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.

Referring to report on, finance minister Arun Jaitley said: “While on the subject of cleaning public life, a relevant issue which many people raise with regard to several Indian politicians and their extended families living well without working. The expose with regard to the extended Gandhi family provides you with an answer. While conventionally many may have relied on straightway corruption through bribery, a new methodology has now been established. Wheeler-dealers and fly-by-night operators give you the privilege of ‘sweetheart deals’.”



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