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Rahul standing firmly behind Vadra in land deals reeking of corruption: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP on Thursday stepped up its attack on over alleged corruption in land transactions involving his brother-in-Robert Vadra, saying the is standing firmly behind in these deals.

Addressing a press conference at the here, Union Minister showed purported sale deeds of land and alleged that the entire Gandhi family including Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and her husband had bought land from H L Pahwa.

"is standing firmly behind in all the land deals reeking of impropriety, abuse of power and corruption," he alleged.

Prasad also alleged that was opposing the Rafale deal at the behest of middleman of a rival aircraft manufacturer.

had levelled similar allegations against the leaders on Wednesday citing following which the opposition party had termed the charges "baseless" and an attempt to divert attention from "rampant joblessness" and "agrarian crisis".

"Who is this HL Pahwa and why is he the common factor in all the land deals done by Rahul Gandhi, and Is HL Pahwa the family retainer of Gandhi family in the real estate," Prasad questioned on Thursday.

He alleged also had a role in these land transactions.

Prasad also wondered whether "Pahwa is working in tandem with Sanjay Bhandari, and C C Thampi was their common link".

Claiming that Bhandari was the middleman of Airbus, the manufacturer of which was in competition with the Rafale jet, Prasad alleged that entire campaign of Rahul Gandhi against Rafale is malafide.

"The allegations that have been levelled against the Rafale deal by Rahul Gandhi are not based on evidence. All these allegations are being levelled because Rahul Gandhi has links with Sanjay Bhandari," Prasad alleged.

"I say with all degree of earnestness that this whole campaign against Rafale is not a fair, appropriate or a reasonable campaign but a malafide campaign, the said.

Responding to the allegations on land deals, Congress' spokesperson had asked why the BJP did not probe them in the last five years if there there was any wrongdoing.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:15 IST