Soon after posters ‘inviting’ him to contest from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad surfaced in the city, Robert Vadra said that politics can wait but he will consider if “people” want it.
Posters reading ‘Robert Vadra-ji, you are welcome to contest elections from Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency’ were seen in the western UP city a day after the 50-year-old son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi hinted at playing political innings.
“First, I need to absolve from baseless accusations and allegations. But yes, I will start working on it. There is no hurry. People need to feel that I can make a change… All in time,” Vadra was quoted as saying by ANI on Monday.
Vadra, who is the husband of Priyanka Gandhi, had on Sunday put up a Facebook post in which he wrote that working on the campaign trail of the Congress in UP gave him a “feeling feeling to do more for the people and make smaller changes.
“All these years of experience n learning cannot be just wasted and should be put to better use… once all these accusations n allegations are over, I feel I should dedicate a larger role in serving the people,” he wrote, triggering speculations and jibes in equal measure.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for instance, sarcastically tweeted, “Presenting Congress’s Prime Ministerial candidate for Lok Sabha elections. #RobertIsReady.”
— BJP (@BJP4India) February 24, 2019
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that workers of the party will decide whether Vadra comes to power.
“It is up to the workers. Every person expresses himself. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Moradabad is the parliamentary constituency of BJP leader Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar Singh. The city, which is known for its handicrafts, is the former parliamentary constituency of Congress leader Mohammad Azharuddin.
Vadra is currently being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case and several properties in London worth 1.9 million pounds.
Vadra, who has been granted interim bail till 2 March by a Delhi court, has called the probe a “political witch-hunt”.
A Delhi court on Monday directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to provide Vadra, within five days, hard copies of the documents recovered in raids from his properties in connection with a money laundering case.
He has also been directed to appear before the ED at its office in New Delhi on Tuesday for another round of questioning.
His wife, Priyanka, officially joined the Congress as the general secretary for UP East early this month.