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    Priyanka Vadra, daughter of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, receives a floral garland from supporters during an election campaign in her mother’s constituency of Rae Bareli, India, Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

    Indian Politician Priyanka Gandhi’s Aide Threatens Journalist, Sparks Social Media Row

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): A Twitter uproar erupted after a video clip showing a journalist being manhandled by senior Indian opposition leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s aide went viral on social media.

    The journalist was trying to ask Gandhi a question regarding the recent scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government. Gandhi was visiting Sonbhadra district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to meet the aggrieved families of ten tribals who were shot dead over a village land dispute last month when the incident occurred.

    As she arrived in the village, Nitish Kumar Pandey, a reporter from a leading Indian news channel, tried to ask her what she thinks of India’s recent move to repeal the special privileges granted to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

    She avoided speaking to the reporter on the issue. She was more interested in talking to the villagers whom she had come from New Delhi to meet. When the reporter continued to pester her, Priyanka’s aide Sandeep Singh allegedly admonished him and warned that he would thrash him if he didn’t back down.  

    ​The video clip soon went viral on Twitter, evoking sharp responses.

    However, a section of netizens felt that the journalist should not have continued to pester the Congress leader when she clearly did not wish to answer his questions.

    Meanwhile, Pandey later filed a police complaint against Gandhi’s aide Singh. The journalist in his report said that he was manhandled and threatened with bodily harm.

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