Robert Vadra emerged far from a 'private citizen' on Wednesday as posters of him being depicted as one of the three real leaders of the Congress party were put up outside the AICC headquarters in New Delhi before being taken off by the NDMC.
The posters had shown the current crop of the Congress first family - party president Rahul Gandhi, newly-installed party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra - outside the AICC office in Delhi. The posters carried the official markings and logos of the Congress party and came along with the tagline from the party's media ad campaign 'Kattar Soch Nahi, Yuva Josh (Not bigotry but young thinking) and it also said- “Jan jan ki hai, yahi pukar Rahul ji-Priyanka ji abki baar.” (People of the nation want Rahul and Priyanka this time).
The posters come a day after Priyanka Gandhi returned to the national capital for the first time since being installed as party general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East. On her arrival, she is said to have held meetings with Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders to chalk a strategy for the Lok Sabha polls. Also on Wednesday, Robert Vadra is to appear before the Enforcement Directorate pertaining to a money laundering case over alleged possession of illegal foreign assets. Vadra was directed by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the central probe agency after he knocked on its door seeking anticipatory bail in this case.
As per sources, Vadra, once he appears, will be grilled about the transactions, purchase and possession of certain immovable assets in London and his statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
The Congress has maintained for a number of years now that any action against Vadra is an expression of political vendetta, and that Vadra himself is not a member of the Congress, rather that he's a 'private citizen' - something that Vadra himself has perpetuated. However, along with Priyanka Gandhi's formal entry into politics, inputs have also stated that there may be a significant role for Robert Vadra.