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After Republic TV and OpIndia published a report which discloses a possible connection between arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and the Congress president Rahul Gandhi citing land purchase agreements that bear Gandhi's name, Union Minister Smriti Irani spoke to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and tossed three questions for Rahul Gandhi on his link with arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari.
Union Textile Minister demanded Rahul Gandhi come clean about his links with Sanjay Bhandari and CC Thampi. She said:
"Today Rahul Gandhi, after Bjp's press conference, at least accepted that the scam's strings are not only connected to his brother-in-law but to him as well. In my press conference, I raised some specific questions from which we could not get even a single answer from Rahul Gandhi or anyone from the Congress party".
She went on to state the following:
"The one who represented Rahul Gandhi in the purchase of the land, Mahesh Nagar, he is the same person, who administered land from illegal groups to Robert Vadra in Haryana and Rajasthan. Today, Congress party's press release has at least accepted the fact that Robert Vadra's representatives of illegal land are the same representatives of Rahul Gandhi".
"OpIndia's article that was released via the website, which gave quite some facts. A person named H.L. Pahwa is from whom Rahul Gandhi purchased land. Today, via congress's statement,Congress has accepted that between H.L. Pahwa and Rahul Gandhi a deal was struck regarding land. That is why this economic relationship between them. If you read the Opindia article Arnabji, then it is clearly written that H.L. Pahwa not only bought and sold land with Rahul Gandhi but H.L. Pahwa had a similar give and take with Mrs Vadra as well. I would also like to state via your channel's medium that in the Opindia article it is clearly written that Pahwa, after selling the land to the Gandhi-Vadra family, purchased it again at a 300-400% inflated price. The answer to this question that why a person who sells land, buys it again at 300-400% increased rate, its answer is still not given by rahul Gandhi or the Congress party. I had asked one more question - in reference to H.L. Pahwa, it was written in Opindia's article that his economic condition wasn't enough to buy back the same land at an inflated rate which he had first sold to the Gandhi-Vadra family. It is clear in the OpIndia article that H.L. Pahwa's economic condition wasn't enough and that is why a person named C.C. Thampi gave him over rs.50 crores?", she questioned.
She further asked:
"Today I had asked Rahul Gandhi a question - What is your relationship with C.C. Thampi and H.L. Pahwa that if Pahwa sir is short on money to give to you then the money's fulfilment is done by C.C. Thampi. This question's answer was not given by Rahul Gandhi nor given by the Congress party".
"My third big question is - C.Thampi, during UPA's regime, for dealing in petrol...I would like to finish the entire thing Arnabji. Give me one second's time. C.C. Thampi, for dealing in petrol during the UPA regime and Sanjay Bhandari, for petroleum and defence deals, was infamous. Both of them had economic relations between them and that is proven", she concluded.
Earlier, the report by OpIndia, which had accessed ED documents from the searches conducted on H L Pahwa on May 3, 2017, and May 4, 2017, proved that there were land dealings between Rahul Gandhi and HL Pahwa. The latter is alleged to be on the payroll of CC Thampi, who is connected to both Sanjay Bhandari and Robert Vadra.
Here is a brief about the various connection which were found out from the newsbreak: