New Delhi: "I stand by my family," said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the Congress headquarters where she came to take charge as the party general secretary.
Her remarks came in response to a query about her husband being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case relating to alleged possession of illegal foreign assets.
Before coming to AICC headquarters, Priyanka Gandhi dropped off Vadra at the probe agency's office.
Vadra was directed by a Delhi court to cooperate with the investigation being carried out by the central probe agency after he knocked on its door seeking anticipatory bail in this case. A Delhi court last week granted interim bail to him till February 16 and asked him to join probe by appearing in person on February 6 in this case.
Priyanka Gandhi, who was appointed the Congress General Secretary a fortnight ago, made her first public appearance when she accompanied her husband in a SUV. Both hugged each other and planted a kiss in each other's cheek before Vadras came out of the car outside the ED office in Jamnagar House at the mouth of the India Gate circle.
From there, she drove straight to her 10 Janpath residence of her mother Sonia Gandhi and then walked over to neighbouring AICC headquarters where Congress workers shouted slogans hailing her. "Priyanka you fight on, we are with you!"
Mediapersons surrounded her and piled questions but she walked straight into the room allotted to her in the Congress headquarters.She formally took charge and later met party workers.
Vadra's aide Jagdish Sharma alleged outside the ED office that the BJP government was carrying out a political vendetta against him.
The BJP has been attacking Vadra, Priyanka and the Congress over the cases allegedly involving him and is set to step up the attack during the coming elections, now that she has also taken up a political position.