NEW DELHI: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra on Wednesday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) levels allegations against him whenever they are faced with issues that 'expose the government'.
"It used to amaze me in the beginning but now it has become wholesale farce that BJP rakes up my name every time they are cornered whether its falling rupee, soaring oil prices or this latest number when they have been totally exposed selling out nation on Rafale," Vadra said.
He also alleged that the Centre has been doing a 'baseless political witch-hunt' against him. "Having all the agencies under their beck and call....No one knows better than the present government and the BJP that they have indulged in a baseless political witch hunt against me for the last 4 years," he said.
He demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the allegations levelled against in the Rafale deal. "They should man up with their 56 inch chests and tell the nation the truth about the RAFALE deal, rather than hiding behind a bunch of lies that the people are fed up of hearing them repeat," Vadra said in a statement.
The BJP had recently pointed fingers at Vadra with Union minister Gajendra Shekhawat alleging that the UPA government had called off the multi-billion dollar deal after a private company linked to Vadra was not chosen as a broker.
Shekhawat had claimed that Vadra wanted to help his businessman friend Sanjay Bhandari hence the Congress-led government wanted to seal the Rafale defence deal with France.
"The UPA regime wanted to use the firms of Robert Vadra and Sanjay Bhandari as middlemen in procuring the Rafale defence deal. But when it could not do so, the Congress party is now trying to take revenge by maligning the NDA government by alleging corruption in the Rafale jet deal,'' Shekhawat had said. He added that Bhandari and Vadra have been close friends and have been spotted at various defence expo and exhibitions on many occasions in past.