New Delhi, Feb 6 : Sending out a strong message to the political opponents, newly appointed Congress General Secretary, Priyanka Gandhi, who accompanied her husband Robert Vadra as he appeared for questioning at the Enforcement Directorate offices in Delhi on Wednesday, said she wanted to send a “clear message” with her appearance. “I stand by my husband.”
Making her first public appearance after being appointed as the Congress’ General Secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, she accompanied her husband in a SUV to the agency office in Jamnagar House at the mouth of the India Gate circle.
Both hugged and planted kisses on each other’s cheek before Vadra came out of the car and headed for the ED office where he was grilled for several hours in connection with a case relating to the ownership of 1.9 million pounds of undisclosed assets abroad, allegedly belonging to him.
From there, she drove straight to 10-Janpath residence of her mother Sonia Gandhi and then walked over to the neighbouring AICC headquarters where she spent some time inside her office and met party workers.
“He is my husband, he is my family…I support my family,” Priyanka replied as mediapersons piled questions asking if the ED action was a political vendetta by the Centre’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I stand by my family,” she added while leaving the office.
Vadra’s aide Jagdish Sharma alleged that the BJP government was carrying out a political vendetta against the son-in-law of the Gandhi family.
Besides the Congress accusing the Modi government of “political vendetta”, Vadra had earlier alleged “unceasing political witch-hunt” over the probe by the central agency.
Priyanka is also slated to attend a meeting of party’s general secretaries chaired by Congress President and brother Rahul Gandhi on Thursday at the Congress headquarters where the roadmap and strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to be discussed.
After the Thursday’s meeting, Rahul Gandhi will hold talks with state chiefs and other office-bearers on Saturday where plans and approach for the Lok Sabha polls for respective states will be chalked out.
These will then be finalised at the at the Congress Working Committee meeting slated later in February.