New Delhi: The Congress party on Sunday came out in defence of businessman and party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra for losing his cool and pushing the reporter's mic away from him at an event in the national capital.
The party in fact blamed the reporter for pestering him and invading his privacy. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala read out a statement which said to follow Vadra again and again over the same question was not right.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said, "There was an agreement between Robert Vadra and the journalist that the question will be asked only about the Gym facility at Ashoka. What was the need to breach that."
So far Congress' Sandeep Dikshit is the only one who has openly criticised his behavior.
Vadra lost his cool when a reporter asked him about his alleged involvement in land scams in Haryana. Instead of merely refusing to answer the question, Vadra got angry and pushed the reporter's mic away from him and walked away.
"Are you serious? Are you serious? Are you nuts? What is wrong with you," Vadra kept asking repeatedly, as he lost his temper and stared into the eyes of the reporter and shoved the microphone away. Vadra and his security officers were also heard threatening the video journalist to turn the camera off.
The congress in its statement said, "Political twist is being given to this whole matter. I want to remind the BJP has also done the same thing many times. Repetitively asking the same question again and again is not right. Unpleasantness of repeatedly asking questions at private functions must be avoided at all times."
The incident has received a lot of scrutiny and criticism from various quarters. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy went to the extent of calling Vadra a thug. "Robert Vadra has always been arrogant and strict action should be taken. He misuses SPG. He is a thug. SPG should be withdrawn. He doesn't need protection, society needs to be protected from him," Swamy said.
Broadcast Editors' Association has demanded an unconditional apology. BEA Secretary NK Singh said, "Robert Vadra should tender an unconditional apology."