Congress general secretary of Uttar Pradesh east Priyanka Gandhi Vadra seemed to downplay the questioning of her husband and businessman Rober Vadra by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday and said, "These things will keep going on. I am doing my work." Priyanka flew back to Lucknow in the evening after spending the entire day with her husband Robert and mother-in-law Maureen Vadra, who are being interrogated by the ED in a Bikaner land scam case. Priyanka is on a three-day visit to Lucknow to interact with party workers after assuming charge as Congress general secretary.
"I'm learning a lot about the organisation, its structure and the changes that need to be made. I'm getting their (Congress workers) views on how to fight election, according to them," she said, emerging from a party meeting late last night as quoted by news agency ANI.
AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra dropped Vadra and his mother off at the ED office, taking time off from her four-day Uttar Pradesh trip in a show of solidarity with her husband. Congress workers shouted slogans when Vadra arrived for the questioning and when he left for his hotel at night.
The interrogation lasted for nearly nine hours. He has given answers to the questions from the ED officers. He will once again appear before the ED zonal office in Jaipur at 10.30 am, Vadra's lawyer Suman Jyoti Khaitan told reporters. Vadra's lawyers said his mother has not been called for questioning as she is not keeping well. She has, however, assured full cooperation in the probe, they said. On Facebook, Vadra accused the Narendra Modi government of being vindictive ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, and putting his mother through harassment.
This was Vadra's first appearance before the ED in Jaipur in connection with charges of money laundering through land deals made by a company linked to him. Vadra was asked by the Rajasthan High Court to cooperate with the agency. His Jaipur appearance follows soon after he faced ED questioning for three days in Delhi on a different set of charges relating to property allegedly purchased in London.