Robert Vadra's unruly behaviour: BJP's Subramanian Swamy calls him thug; how other Politicos reacted

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New Delhi, Nov 2: For his unruly behaviour towards a news agency journalist, the Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra drew flak from the opposition parties on Sunday.

According to IBN live report, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy called him a 'thug' and said "society needs to be protected from him".

"Robert Vadra has always been arrogant and strict action should be taken. He misuses SPG. He is a thug. He needs to realize that his mother-in-law is not in power any more. His SPG should be withdrawn. He doesn't need protection, society needs to be protected from him," he said.

BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "This is in bad taste, such things are not in his favour or his (Robert Vadra) party's and family's favour. This is darkening the blot of corruption on his image."

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, "It was a sheer frustration of Mr Vadra which became manifest as an inappropriate behaviour on a journalist. Mr Vadra was the one who had called India as a 'banana republic' and we Indians as 'mango people'. But it is time that we make Mr Vadra realise that India is no more a banana republic which was ruled by the first family of Congress."

Another BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain also demanded that the Congress must apologise for Vadra's behavior.

"Vadra is not a private person. If he would have been a private person then he would not have got the privileges in Haryana, neither he would have got privileges at the Airport. He considers himself to be a very special person. According to Digvijay Singh, he is a private person. But his behaviour does not show that he is a private person," Hussain said.

The way he has behaved with the mediaperson is very disappointing, he added.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik said that the Congress party should accept the mistake.

"People in public life need to behave decently. The Congress should accept the mistake. Robert Vadra could have just said "no comments" if he didn't want to answer," he said.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashutosh said, "Allegations do not mean you push mike away, press should be allowed to ask questions. Clarification doesn't justify misbehavior."

Another AAP leader Manish Sisodia said, "The question asked by the reporter is what we have been asking for years, Vadra's behavior was uncalled for."

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, "This is deplorable and very unfortunate. I condemn such a behaviour be it coming from anyone. I have no words to disassociate myself."

What Vadra said?

While being asked a question over his controversial land deals in Haryana on Saturday night, Vadra lost his temper and pushed the news agency reporter's microphone away.

Vadra asked him,"Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you nuts? What is wrong with you?"

Then, he also ordered his SPG (Special Protection Group) guards to ensure that the footage is deleted.

Vadra's office issued a statement saying, "It was a private event and media was not to be there and he thought it's the private internal photographer asking him questions. He never knew it was ANI."

ANI Editor-in-chief Smita Prakash told a news channel, "Our reporter was pressured to delete the clip. That is when we entered the scene and refused to delete it."

Meanwhile, the Broadcast Editors' Association has demanded an unconditional apology from Robert Vadra.

Congress, that was left with a red-face following Vadra's rude behaviour, still spoke in his favour.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said in Vadra's defence that he was amazed by the media attention given to a "minor incident".

"Why (is) a private Citizen being unnecessarily hounded?," he tweeted.

"If he has violated any law, prosecute him. If (he) has ill gotten wealth confiscate it, but this unnecessary media attention is not justified," he posted in another tweet.

Asking the media not to target him, he said, "We Politicians are feeling jealous of the Media Attention which Robert is getting. We are the real Punching Bags for you. Spare him!"

Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said, "It's between Vadra and media what happened. But we all live in a society and should try and behave as civil as we can with each other."

Another Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said, "Unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at private functions must be avoided at all times. Right of privacy to all individuals more so when individual in questioned is neither in public life nor holds political office. Deliberate hounding individual on issue that's been conclusively settled & rejected by constitutional bodies must stop at some point." he said.

Following the incident, the security outside Vadra's residence has been beefed up.

Vadra had went to attend an inaugural ceremony of a fitness centre at Ashoka Hotel in Delhi on Saturday, Nov 1.

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