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‘Treated as a soft target …’: Robert Vadra hints at joining politics – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Robert Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, has once again voiced his inclination to participate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Vadra hinted at the possibility of being fielded from either Amethi, Moradabad, or Haryana by the Congress party,

“If the Congress party feels that I can bring a change, I will come into active politics. It is not necessary that I will contest from Amethi, I can also contest from Moradabad and Haryana,” ANI quoted Vadra as saying.

Asserting that he has been a soft target and a political tool for various political parties, Vadra added, ” I have stayed away from politics, but different political parties wanted to pull me into politics and used tactics to trouble me. I have always been treated as a political tool and a soft target for being connected to the Gandhi family…People have felt that I should give them an answer not as a businessman but as an MP inside the Parliament.You will see whenever elections approach, my name is being used.”

Previously, Vadra had expressed his willingness to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Amethi if he decides to enter electoral politics.

Amethi had been a traditional stronghold of the Gandhi family for a long time until BJP’s Smriti Irani defeated Rahul Gandhi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, breaking the Gandhis’ winning streak in the prestigious constituency.

Addressing the allegations of Congress being an anti-Sanatani party, Robert Vadra responded, “It is my thinking that we should remain secular and stay away from the politics of religion. My family is secular and it always thinks about a secular country.

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The Congress, which will contest 17 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, has not announced candidates for Amethi and Rae Bareli yet. UP Congress leaders have demanded that members of Gandhi family should contest from the two seats. Congress has already announced Rahul Gandhi’s name from Wayanad, but there are demands that he also contest from Amethi.



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