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BJP targets Rahul, Priyanka over land deals; Cong dismisses allegation as 'baseless, fake'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP Wednesday dragged and his sister Vadra into alleged corruption involving land deals, claiming the opposition party has come to define "family corruption" by "institutionalising" graft.

Citing a media report, and told reporters that is "merely a mask" in the controversial land deals and his is the "real face".

Dismissing the allegations, said, "Facing imminent defeat, and his favourites are resorting to levelling completely baseless and fake allegations".

At a press conference, Irani said, "The country has come to know that the (Rahul) is also involved with his 'jija' (Robert Vadra) in this family package of corruption".

Referring to the report, Irani claimed that and Vadra purchased land in a deal involving H L Pahwa, who was raided by the Enforcement Directorate, and Mahesh Kumar Nagar, who also had a role in land transaction involving

Pahwa, she said, was lent money by C C Thampi who is "friends" with

The claimed that Gandhi's opposition to a defence deal, an apparent reference to the Rafale transaction, was due to his "financial and family" interests as he wanted a rival company to bag the contract.

The should answer about his relations with Pahwa in these land transactions, Irani said.

To a question about Ananth Hegde's controversial comments against the Gandhi family, including Sonia Gandhi, Irani parried the query saying she had not heard his statement but added that she was at the receiving end of the "same team Rahul Gandhi" when it comes to commenting against women.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 16:40 IST