A day after his loaded Facebook post, Robert Vadra’s political ambition was on display in posters in Moradabad, his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. “Robert Vadraji, you are welcome to contest from the Moradabad Lok Sabha seat,” screamed the posters that also featured his in-laws, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi
Speculation peaked that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s husband is planning to contest the national election, due by May, as the Congress candidate from Moradabad. The posters emerged just weeks after Priyanka, the younger sister of Rahul Gandhi, formally joined the party after a long time in the Congress backrooms.
Both when Priyanka’s debut was announced and when she went on her first roadshow in Lucknow earlier this month, Robert Vadra posted messages wishing her.
But to NDTV, Robert Vadra said there were “no immediate plans” to contest. “…I am still dealing with ED (Enforcement Directorate),” he remarked, adding, “I am in no hurry as I have to earn it.”
Robert Vadra, 50, a controversial figure always seen to be a cause of discomfiture for the Congress party, is being investigated in a money-laundering case and has been through marathon grilling sessions. Investigators claim he directly or indirectly owns nine London-based properties worth around 12 million pounds, bought between 2005 and 2010, when the Congress-led government was in power.