Published On : Thu, Apr 14th, 2016

I didn’t need Priyanka to enhance my life, says Robert Vadra

New Delhi/Nagpur: Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said today that he would “never leave the country, no matter how much I am humiliated” and also shared: “I did not need Priyanka to enhance my life, I think I had enough. My parents gave me enough.”

Speaking to media at the Delhi Golf Club, Vadra also responded to a question he has been asked many times – on joining politics – with a loaded: “Never say never”.

The 46-year-old businessman has two children with Priyanka Gandhi, whom he married in 1997.

“It has been 20 years as part of this family but it won’t take me 20 years to join politics,” he remarked.

Vadra has campaigned in the past for Sonia Gandhi and also brother-in-law Rahul Gandhi in their constituencies in Uttar Pradesh but he never made speeches.

During the 2014 national election, he kept a low profile while being repeatedly targeted by the BJP over controversial land deals in Haryana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took several digs at ‘Damad Shri (son-in-law)” in his rallies in the state.

Soon after taking power in Haryana, the BJP set up an inquiry into a clutch of land deals near Delhi including that involving Vadra’s company.

Vadra said: “I was born and brought up here, I would never leave my country no matter how much the pressure, no matter how much I am humiliated. No matter what the government says, I have the ability to sustain and to absorb. I have a very strong and good family, my children give me strength.”

Over the past year, Vadra has used his Facebook page to respond to attacks. As part of his media outreach, his office regularly shares his comments on various controversies and photos of his charity work. Images of his ‘birthday celebration” with visually impaired children, posted this afternoon, sparked comments on Twitter.

“I will join politics only if I can make a difference. I will keep writing on topics, no matter what people think or say about it,” he declared in the interview.