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BSP, SP say Sonia Gandhi should not be held responsible for Vadra’s land deals

New Delhi, Aug.13 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday said that her party does not agree with the allegations against Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the issue of Robert Vadra’s so-called dubious land deals, and added, that the UPA chairperson cannot be held responsible for the alleged unlawful activities of her son-in-law.

“I would like to say if Sonia Gandhi is held responsible for it, our party does not agree with it. If someone does something wrong, his or her relations should not be punished. On the allegations against Robert Vadra, how can Sonia Gandhi be held responsible?” she told media here today.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal also criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that they are ‘politicizing’ this issue and unnecessarily dragging Sonia Gandhi into this.

According to reports, Naresh Agarwal said: “I don’t agree with the BJP’s slogan of ‘sarkari damaad’. We are not in agreement with the politicization of the issue and dragging Sonia Gandhi into the issue. I do not see how she can be held responsible for the whole issue.”

Earlier in the day, after the BJP sought a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged land deals involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, the ruling party on Tuesday rubbished the accusations saying that it is a matter to be dealt by the Haryana Government, and charged the Opposition with using it to delay passage of the Food Security Bill.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had alleged today that the ruling Central Government has been covering up the discrepancies in Robert Vadra’s land deals and demanded a SIT probe.

“Central Government has been continuously covering up these scams. Want SIT to inquiry into this,” Sinha told media here.

“Not only Haryana, but in entire NCR, wherever Congress is in government, Robert Vadra has indulged in land scams,” Sinha added.

Last year, Ashok Khemka , a senior Haryana cadre IAS officer, alleged irregularities in the land dealings of Robert Vadra and DLF in the state and asked the state government to give him a copy of the inquiry reports conducted by it.

It led to a political hue and cry, but did not stop Khemka from seeking a response from the government on whether a cheque issued by Robert Vadra’s company was a dummy cheque or not. He had said if the report had appeared in newspapers then he should also have access to it.

Khemka was transferred from Director General Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration to his present posting in the State”s Seed Development Corporation shortly after he initiated a probe into land dealings between Vadra and DLF.

A probe report submitted by four deputy commissioners in Haryana had given a “clean chit” to Vadra over his land deals.

The Prime Minister’s Office in November, 2012 had told the Allahabad High Court that charges of irregularities in land deals against Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law were false, vexatious and based on hearsay.

It said that the petition was driven by a desire for publicity and seems to be actuated by political considerations rather than public interest. (ANI)