Divya decimates ‘err’nab rant

Divya Spandana or Ramya as we all know her more popularly as after her successful stint in Kannada films, currently heads the Cong I’s social media team. The actress-turned-politician  was hauled over the coals over her alleged connection with financial fugitive Vijay Mallya by a news channel.

But Divya refused to be cowed down or to disown her past association with Mallya. 

Speaking exclusively to this writer on the morning after the controversy erupted on Arnab Goswami’s channel, Divya said, “This was nothing but a bullying tactic to deflect attention from the Piyush Goel controversy. What has my past association with Mr Mallya got to do with the transgression of which he is guilty now? I do not endorse his misdemeanours. At the same time, I don’t disown my past association with him.” According to the channel’s alleged expose, Vijay Mallya allegedly funded Divya’s holiday to Hong Kong  in 2010.

Divya also cracks up with amusement at what she claims is nothing but a diverting gimmick. 

“First  of all, I wasn’t even  in politics  in 2010. I was doing very well as an actress, earning enough to not only pay for my  own holidays but also for the holidays of many others. And I don’t know how this Channel came to the conclusion that this (2010) was my first visit to Hong Kong or that it was funded by Mr Mallya. I had visited Hong Kong on a number of occasions before that.”

Calling the attack “misogynistic” Divya refuses to disown her past relations with Vijay Mallya. “I call him ‘Uncle’. He is my father’s friend. Mr Mallya never visited anyone’s home except ours.Everyone visited Mr Mallya. Ours was the only home he came to. I’ve known his previous two wives, and I know Pinky, the woman he’s going to marry. I’ve also known Mr Mallya’s three children Siddharth, Leanna and Tanya.”

The doughty associate of Rahul Gandhi is not about to disown her past association with Mallya. “Is Mr Mallya a family friend? Yes, he is. And I am not about to shrug that off. Does that mean I endorse his monetary misdemeanours? Not at all. I am completely in favour of his being tried for whatever financial irregularities he is accused of committing.”

Divya says the Congress I high command has absolutely nothing to say about this supposed skeleton from her closet.

She laughs heartily, “It is no skeleton. I am not even trying to deny the association. But I am amused at the lengths to which certain sections of the media go to deflect attention from actual issues. And to suggest that my holidays need to be paid for by someone else is a highly  misogynistic idea, best left to the news Channel to chew on and spit out.”

Divya says the party is now preparing for a victory in the next Lok Sabha elections. “We have a voice of only 44 people in  the parliament. Yet, that  voice is being heard. Isn’t that something? I sincerely feel Mr Rahul Gandhi is ready to take  over the reins of the country. I’d rather invest my time and energy in preparing for our victory in the next elections than  focusing on some laughable controversy generated by a TRP-hungry news channel.”

Divya’s parting shot. “Next time, I take  a holiday in Hong Kong I will invite Mr Arnab Goswami to come along.”

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