Sunday, October 23, 2011

Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra Biography

Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadra Biography

Priyanka Vadra (born 12 January 1972), is an Indian politician. She is the granddaughter of Feroze Gandhi and Indira (née Nehru) Gandhi, and belongs to the Nehru-Gandhi family.


Priyanka Vadra is the second of two children of late Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, current President of the Indian National Congress, and the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance.


Political Career -
Her father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru were all Indian Prime Ministers. Her grandfather Feroze Gandhi was a respected parliamentarian and her great-great-grandfather, Motilal Nehru, was a distinguished leader in the Indian Independence Movement

She attended Modern School (New Delhi) Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi, and holds a degree in psychology from Delhi University.

Priyanka Gandhi was sometimes talked about as a potential inheritor of the Gandhi political legacy. However she has been very clear that while she does assist her mother and brother, her priorities are clearly with her family including her two children.

At a 1999 campaign, she said in an interview to BBC: "I am very clear in my mind. Politics is not a strong pull, the people are. And I can do things for them without being in politics".[2] Nonetheless, the question of her joining formal politics would be bothersome: "I have said it a thousand times, I am not interested in joining politics...".



She has however continued to regularly visit her mother's and brother's constituencies of Rae Bareilly and Amethi where she dealt with the people directly, a role she appears to enjoy. She is a popular figure in the constituency, drawing large crowds everywhere; a popular slogan in Amethi in every election has been Amethi ka danka, bitiya Priyanka (the clarion call from Amethi is for Priyanka [to stand elections]).[4] She is reputed as a good organizer, level headed, and is believed to be her mother's "chief advisor on political matters".

In the Indian general election, 2004, she was her mother's campaign manager and helped supervise her brother Rahul Gandhi's campaign. In a press meeting during these elections she said that "politics is all about serving the people and I am already doing that. I may continue doing only that for five years more.". This led to speculations that she may bear some responsibilities for the Congress Party in Uttar Pradesh. In a BBC Hindi radio service interview she mentioned the war in Sri Lanka and commented "It's not your cause which makes you a terrorist but your method which makes you a terrorist

Personal Life -
She is married to Robert Vadra, a prominent businessman from Delhi. They have two children, Raihan and Miraya.

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About Robert Vadra -

Robert Vadra is an Indian businessman notable as the husband of Priyanka Vadra and also a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family by marriage. He was born to Rajinder and Maureen Wadhera on 18 April 1969. Rajinder Vadra hails from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh and Maureen was of Scottish origin (maiden name: McDonagh)

His brother Richard Vadra was found dead in September 2003 at his Vasant Vihar residence, and his sister Michelle died in a car accident in 2001. His father Rajinder Vadra committed suicide on 2 April 2009. Rajinder Vadra in an interview was highly critical of his son Robert and said that after the wedding with Priyanka Vadra, he disowned his son. There were reports that Richard and Rajinder Vadra were seeking favors using Priyanka's name, and Robert Vadra placed advertisements in newspapers to announce that any attempt by Richard and Rajinder to gain favors on his behalf should be disregarded.
Controversies -
On Oct. 1, 2011, Janata Party president Dr. Subramanian Swamy said that he was gathering proof of corruption against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra.


Vadra has been exempted from frisking at airports when travelling with 'other SPG protectees presumably his wife or other family members. The list of such VIPs was compiled and forwarded to the concerned authorities by the government on 26 September 2005. Others on the list include the President, the Prime Minister, former Presidents and PMs and SPG protectees. This move has come under scrutiny since more important entities on the warrant of precedence, like the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force staff are not included on the list. BCAS Commissioner S. R. Mehra declined comment.

His bodyguard was prevented from carrying a pistol into Parliament.



Businesses -
There are allegations made that Mr. Vadra has amassed wealth in a short period of time. Vadra is known for various businesses and business collaborations.


He owns, Artex, a small company specialising in jewellery and handicraft exports.

His companies have received unsecured loans from DLF Limited, India's largest real estate conglomerate.

Sky Light Hospitality Pvt Ltd (owned by Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra), is a partner in a firm that owns Hilton Garden Inn in the South Delhi business district Saket. As on March 2009, Sky Light Hospitality had received unsecured loans amounting to 25 crore from DLF Ltd.

Blue Breeze Trading Pvt Ltd (aircraft chartering)
North India IT Parks Pvt Ltd
Real Earth Estates Pvt Ltd
Sky Light Realty Pvt Ltd.
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