Dehradun: Defending Robert Vadra over his public spat with a journalist, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni on Monday said he should be left alone.
"The law is equal for everyone... I don't think it is fair to intrude upon the privacy of an individual and target him like this," Soni, AICC General Secretary in-charge of the party's affairs in Uttarakhand, said here.
She was asked to comment on the episode involving Vadra in which he?had pushed aside microphone of a reporter at a five-star hotel when he was quizzed about his controversial land deals in Haryana.
The senior Congress leader also criticised the newly formed BJP government in Haryana for its statements on instituting an enquiry into the alleged land deals.
"Statements from Haryana government about an enquiry keep coming on a regular basis. I see no point in it when a reply on the issue is already in public domain. It is absolutely not fair to target a private individual like this," she said.
Backing party president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Vadra, Congress had said yesterday that "repeated hounding" of an individual is "not appropriate" and advised the media to avoid "unpleasantness" of shooting questions at private functions.
Intense lobbying is on within the Congress for the lone
Rajya Sabha seat which fell vacant when BJP's Bhagat Singh Koshiyari was elected to Lok Sabha.
Former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna who stepped down to make way for Harish Rawat to take over the reins of power in the state wants it for himself while his successor wants it for one of his team members.
Both of them have made several trips to Delhi over the past week to convince the central leadership on the issue.
The name of PCC chief Kishore Upadhyay considered close to chief Minister Rawat has also been doing the rounds as one of the contenders for the seat.