01 August, 2021

"I'm Not Scared Of Any Italian Mafia"

Rajinder Vadra was in a bitter mood after his high-profile son, Robert, accused him of misusing the Gandhi family name. Speaking to Outlook, he admitted that he had sought certain favours, but claims it never amounted to misuse. Excerpts:

Jitender Gupta
"I'm Not Scared Of Any Italian Mafia"

Why was your son moved to issue such a notice?
I don’t know. I was not informed. I read it in the papers just like everyone else. I am now speaking to my lawyers. I am not scared of any Italian mafia.... It’s probably because I was against the marriage.

But you attended the wedding?
I wasn’t very keen on it after Bofors and the treatment meted out to Maneka. But my family wanted to be in the limelight. And why not? It’s the topmost family.

Do you meet Sonia Gandhi often?
At family get-togethers, at Robert’s house and at Friends Colony (the Vadra residence). She has always been warm and nice. She never once said anything about misusing the family name.

But you have been calling Congressmen for favours?
I voted for the Congress. Where’s the problem with that? He (Robert) makes certain calls for his friends. Why can’t I make a call for a friend who can’t afford to pay lakhs in donation for a school admission? I also called the Maharashtra CM for jobs for my...

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