The BJP has decided to attack Congress president Sonia Gandhi directly over the alleged irregularities in land deals involving her son-in-law Robert Vadra, setting aside the party’s earlier inhibitions about specifically targeting the Gandhi family over corruption.
It is reliably learnt that all senior BJP leaders, including BJP parliamentary party chief L K Advani, party president Rajnath Singh and leaders of opposition in both Houses are on board with the decision.
The party had in fact wanted to raise the issue strongly on Monday itself, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath managed to ward off the demand, even though it meant delaying the discussion on the food security Bill.
The BJP leadership, which has until now stopped short of targeting the Gandhi family directly, is believed to have decided to change its strategy after IAS officer Ashok Khemka’s report to the Haryana government’s commission of inquiry into the Vadra-DLF land deals surfaced.
A few voices in the party were against resorting to personal attacks, sources said, but the final decision was to press ahead and demand a high-level probe into the allegations, which have been around for some time now.
“It was decided on Sunday itself that Sushma Swaraj will ask some party members to give notice for suspension of Question Hour on this issue,” a BJP source said on Monday.
As part of this strategy, three BJP members Yashwant Sinha, Nishikant Dubey and Anurag Thakur had given notices for the suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Monday. While their notices were not accepted, the Question Hour was disrupted because of protests by Left members over the solar scam in Kerala, and by the TDP over Telangana.
Speaker Meira Kumar subsequently held a meeting with floor leaders where Swaraj is believed to have demanded that BJP members be allowed to raise the Vadra issue. But Kamal Nath, in the presence of floor leaders from other parties, rejected the demand, saying it was an issue concerning a state government.