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Cong defends Vadra in spat with media

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NEW DELHI, Nov 2 � Congress president Sonia Gandhi�s son-in-law Robert Vadra today found himself at the centre of a controversy over his spat with a reporter asking questions about his land deals, with the party coming out in his defence and the BJP attacking him for �inappropriate behaviour�.

The Congress, which in the past said Vadra was a private citizen, defended him, saying �repeated hounding� of an individual is not appropriate and advised the media to avoid �unpleasantness� of shooting questions at private functions, like what happened to him.

�The Indian Constitution and our established ethos guarantee Right of Privacy, personal space and liberty to all individuals, more so, when a person is neither in public life nor holds any public office.

�It is clear that the entire episode is being propagated as a political agenda for obvious reasons, which cannot be considered either fair or proper,� party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

He said repetitive hounding of an individual on an issue that has been �conclusively rejected both by a Constitutional body like the Election Commission of India as also High Courts and finally the Supreme Court of India, is not appropriate�.

The Congress also reminded the BJP of Narendra Modi�s �shoddy treatment� of two journalists when they questioned him on the Gujarat riots when he was the state�s chief minister.

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Cong defends Vadra in spat with media

NEW DELHI, Nov 2 � Congress president Sonia Gandhi�s son-in-law Robert Vadra today found himself at the centre of a controversy over his spat with a reporter asking questions about his land deals, with the party coming out in his defence and the BJP attacking him for �inappropriate behaviour�.

The Congress, which in the past said Vadra was a private citizen, defended him, saying �repeated hounding� of an individual is not appropriate and advised the media to avoid �unpleasantness� of shooting questions at private functions, like what happened to him.

�The Indian Constitution and our established ethos guarantee Right of Privacy, personal space and liberty to all individuals, more so, when a person is neither in public life nor holds any public office.

�It is clear that the entire episode is being propagated as a political agenda for obvious reasons, which cannot be considered either fair or proper,� party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

He said repetitive hounding of an individual on an issue that has been �conclusively rejected both by a Constitutional body like the Election Commission of India as also High Courts and finally the Supreme Court of India, is not appropriate�.

The Congress also reminded the BJP of Narendra Modi�s �shoddy treatment� of two journalists when they questioned him on the Gujarat riots when he was the state�s chief minister.

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