- Robert Vadra tweeted a photo of his inked finger after casting his vote
- But he mistakenly posted an emoji of Paraguay flag too, drawing taunts
- He later termed it as an "aberration" that was blown out of proportion
After voting in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Robert Vadra - the brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi - on Sunday took to Twitter to post a photograph of him holding up an inked index finger. It was accompanied by an inspirational message and an emoji of the tricolour.
However, the colours were red, blue and white - that of the Paraguay flag.
Many taunted the businessman for the faux pas. "Robert Vadra declared himself a Paraguayan citizen on 12th May, 2019," remarked one. Another netizen, in an obvious reference to a property-related case against Mr Vadra in Rajasthan's Bikaner, sarcastically suggested that he may be searching for land in the South American country.
Soon afterwards, Robert Vadra tried to make amends by tweeting out a second post with the Indian tricolour. The original post was deleted, but screenshots of the tweet continued to circulate on social media. The Paraguay flag also began trending on Twitter.
Later, Robert Vadra tweeted another photograph of him holding a Tricolour along with a caption admitting to the mistake in the earlier post. "India lives in my heart & I salute Tiranga.Using a Paraguay flag in my post was just an aberration.You all know it was posted by mistake but u decided to play up my mistake whn thr r such glaring issues to be discussed. It saddens me, but never mind!" it read.
India lives in my heart & I salute Tiranga.Using a Paraguay flag in my post was just an aberration.I very well know tht"You all know it was posted by mistake" but u decided to"play up my mistake",whn thr r such glaring issues to be discussed. It saddens me, but never mind!pic.twitter.com/ZPDva2eWSW— Robert Vadra (@irobertvadra) May 12, 2019
The Enforcement Directorate has filed a case of money laundering against Robert Vadra in connection with the purchase of a London property worth Rs 17.77 crore. He was repeatedly called in for questioning in this connection over the last few months.
In 2015, the investigation agency had registered a separate money laundering case alleging that the Robert Vadra-owned Sky Light Hospitality acquired land meant for rehabilitating poor villagers in Bikaner.
(With inputs from Agencies)