File photo of Priyanka Gandhi with her husband Robert Vadra | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
File photo of Priyanka Gandhi with her husband Robert Vadra | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
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Days after his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hogged the limelight over her appointment as the Congress general secretary for East Uttar Pradesh, it was the turn of husband Robert Vadra to take over the headlines this week.

On Wednesday, Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, was expected to arrive at the office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in central Delhi for questioning in a money laundering case. But the entire media was sent into a tizzy when Vadra arrived at the ED office along with his wife Priyanka, who had come to drop him off before taking charge as party general secretary at the AICC office on Akbar Road.

The media narrative did change for a few hours, from the questioning of Robert Vadra to the big political message that Priyanka sent out to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by accompanying him to the ED office.

Robert Vadra arrives to appear before the ED, accompanied by Priyanka Gandhi | PTI

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The comfort of having wife Priyanka by his side was evident on Vadra’s face, who entered the ED office clad in a white shirt, a round-neck grey sweater and a greyish blue suit.

“I stand by my husband” – Priyanka told reporters when asked if her husband was being targeted by the Narendra Modi government. Vadra was grilled by the ED for hours and the questioning continued the next day as well. Priyanka again went to pick up Vadra from the ED office after the questioning ended Thursday.

Referred to as the “damad ji” by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ED had registered a money laundering case against Vadra’s close aide Manoj Arora over his alleged role in the purchase of a London property. Arora’s role came to light when Income Tax department conducted a probe into another case against arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari. The ED is questioning Vadra on alleged transactions and purchase of immovable assets in London.

Congress leaders criticised the Prime Minister over Vadra’s questioning and claimed that Modi was “blinded by revenge” due to the fear of an “imminent defeat” in the general elections.


Also read: BJP backroom boys must go beyond Vadra to scale up anti-corruption mood before election


It is not just Priyanka who publicly supported her husband. On the day she was appointed AICC general secretary, husband Vadra had put out a Facebook post congratulating her: “Always by your side in every phase of your life. Give it your best”.

Vadra’s recent ‘sobered down’ conduct in public is a far cry from how he used to brazen it out a few years ago. When a journalist in 2014 asked him about his land deals in Haryana, he pushed the reporter’s mic away. He snapped at the journalist and said, “Are you serious? Are you serious?… Are you nuts? What is wrong with you?” When Vadra’s conduct was criticised by the media, Priyanka Gandhi had not really supported him publicly.

This time, one can argue, Priyanka’s support for Vadra is also a political move in the face of the BJP’s attack on the Congress over corruption.


Also read: Has Modi cracked down on Vadra, Saradha, Aircel too late or is it perfect campaign timing?


Vadra, who is often seen as Priyanka’s Achilles’ heel, took to social media in December last year, alleging a “political witch-hunt” to damage his reputation. Congress leaders claim that the ‘harassment’ by Modi government will only increase with the Lok Sabha elections knocking on the door.

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  1. How does this article or any of its content arrive at the conclusion that Vadra is no longer the Achilles heel of Priyanka or Rahul or the Congress. Is it merely because of the fact that his wife accompanied him to the CBI office or that she stood by her husband – or that Vadra arrived at the CBI office.? Maybe some part of the article was not published?

  2. Priyanka has come in politics to save her husband by shouting a foul play. When Vadra earned this I’ll money she enjoyed every penny. How she can abandon him. He is denying all the charges but has no answers for the e mails sent by him. There cannot be smoke without fire. What a shameless family. Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka and Vadra all out to fleece the nation and they have their people like Surjewalla, Sibbal, Singhvi, Chidbar, Vora, Fernandes etc. To grab their share. Indians shall be careful while coting

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