New Delhi, Feb 6 (IECurrentAffairs) The BJP on Wednesday said that the 2019 electoral battle will be between “the gang of corrupt verses transparency” and said Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s brother in law has been involved in major scams involving petroleum and defence deals.
“Two kinds of kickbacks were taken by Robert Vadra. One in a petroleum deal during UPA 1 and the other is a defence deal because of which he got a huge kickback from which he bought a number of properties in India and also abroad,” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters here.
He said the ensuing general elections in the country due by April-May would be essentially fought between “the gang of corrupt verses a transparent regime given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi”.
“We all are aware of the fact that ultimately the truth triumphs,” he said.
Mr Patra maintained that Congress should explain Robert Vadra’s alleged links with a company called Santech.
He claimed various reports in media and ongoing probe by government agencies have revealed that there are as many as eight properties owned by Mr Vadra in the United Kingdom.
Among those, he claimed Mr Vadra owns a mansion worth Rs 19 crore and there are more and these are said to be more costlier.
The BJP spokesman claimed there was a ‘kickback’ for a petroleum deal in 2009 and reports indicate the scandal is linked to a company owned by “Vadra’s right hand man Sanjay Bhandari”.
“It was a true case of round tripping of corruption money,” he remarked.
The term round-tripping denotes a movement where a person or thing returns to the place from where the journey began especially in the context of black money.
A UK based company Santech International is now under the scanner of ED for allegedly round tripping money received as a kickback for a petroleum contract signed during the UPA regime.
Mr Patra claimed that a Dubai-based businessman was involved in the entire episode.
He also mentioned about a property owned by one Jagdish Sharma, also an aide of Mr Vadra.