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Priyanka has lowered political discourse: Arun Jaitley

PTI  New Delhi, April 28, 2014
First Published: 11:35 IST(28/4/2014) | Last Updated: 13:41 IST(28/4/2014)

Attacking Priyanka Gandhi for her remarks comparing the BJP leaders to "panic-stricken rats", Arun Jaitley on Monday said she has "lowered the political discourse" with her language and the Vadra family needs to be "scared of the law".

"She has compared the BJP to 'panic-stricken rats'...Mrs Vadra has lowered the quality of political discourse by her comments...If any of my family members started referring to my opponents as rats and reptiles I surely will be a worried man," the BJP leader wrote on his blog.

Priyanka had on Sunday said that the BJP was "baffled and running around like rats. I knew that they will repeat their bunch of lies. There is nothing new in it but let them say whatever they want to. I am not afraid of anyone and will continue to speak against their negative, destructive and shameful politics."

Read: BJP brings out video on Vadra, Priyanka hits back

On her remarks that she was not afraid of anyone, Jaitley said, "The Vadras are right that they need not be scared of anyone. They should only be scared of the law. Be the Vadras be ever so high, the law is above them. Law spares none, be it the rich, the famous or the related."

The war of words between the BJP leaders and Priyanka Gandhi started on Sunday when she referred to the opposition party as "panic-stricken rats" after it released a video showing alleged wrongdoings in land deals involving her husband Robert Vadra.

Jaitley said the family members of candidates are entitled to help in elections when they are preoccupied with many engagements.

"The family fills up the vacuum either in the election office or in the campaign where the candidate cannot reach. The family members are always instructed to be extra courteous and never be overbearing on political workers. They are advised not make any undignified references to political rivals," he said.

Read: Priyanka sees 'jittery rat' behaviour in BJP video, booklet attack on Vadra


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