Mango people in SoniaG-ruled banana republic – Vadra-Vishwas Facebook face-off
Himanshi Dhawan, TNN | Oct 8, 2012, 01.55PM IST
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and India Against Corruption members on Monday sparred on online social media after Vadra posted a contemptuous message about the anti-corruption activism in the country.
Vadra wrote on his Facebook page: “Mango people in banana republic.”
The Facebook status update comes two days after the Indian Against Corruption (IAC), a newly formed political party, alleged that the son-in-law of the country’s ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi had indulged in real-estate corruption.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan and activist Arvind Kejriwal on Friday alleged that Vadra had received interest free loan from DLF and purchased real estate property at throw away prices. Both Vadra and DLF have denied the allegations.
On Monday, soon after Vadra posted his Facebook status, IAC member Kumar Vishwas demanded an apology from him.
“Vadra’s mother-in-law has been ruling the country so he should explain why India is being called a “banana republic,” Vishwas said.
New Delhi: Social activist Arvind Kejriwal on Monday took a dig at the son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra over his Facebook status that read, ‘Mango men in a banana republic’, in an apparent jibe at Kejriwal and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan who have accused Vadra of financial impropriety.
Hitting back at Vadra over his status and taking the term ‘aam aadmi’ quite literally, Kejriwal tweeted, “Evidence pouring in from mango men from across the country. Mango men wud prove to be nemesis for the ‘powerful’.”
Vadra’s status led to a furore among the masses and the political circles alike, with India Against Corruption (IAC) members calling it an insult to the nation and asking Vadra to apologise. IAC member Kumar Vishwas said, “Today Robert Vadra has written ‘mango people in banana republic’ on his Facebook page. He insulted our country because he is related with the most arrogant family ie the Gandhi family. He should apologise before the nation.”
Vadra ultimately deleted his Facebook account with a last post, saying, “Obviously it seems I have people on my Facebook account who do not have a sense of humour. Everything I write becomes news and further debates on television?? I have decided to delete my account.”