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Priyanka describes Modi's jibes at Rahul as 'childish'

PTI  Amethi, April 29, 2014
First Published: 15:27 IST(29/4/2014) | Last Updated: 19:42 IST(29/4/2014)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday took on Narendra Modi over his "shehzada", "namuna (specimen)" and other barbs at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, saying the BJP leader was aspiring to be the prime minister but indulging in "childish" behaviour.
          
Campaigning for her brother Rahul here, she said BJP leaders used to make fun of her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi when he introduced computers in the country and they are now "mocking" her brother.
          
"They call him (Rahul) 'namuna' (specimen). Sometime they compare him to a stand-up comedian and sometime they call him shehzada. I think you (Modi) aspire to be a prime minister, then why do you indulge in such childish behaviour? He (Modi) should take maintain dignity," she said at an election meeting at Deeh in Salon assembly area.
          
Priyanka, who recently trained guns on the BJP for targeting her husband Robert Vadra, continued with her criticism of the opposition party for its "destructive" policies which, she said, pitted one brother against another.
          
Exhorting people to vote for Congress, she said a message should be sent from her brother's constituency about the kind of politics that should be practised in India.
          
"Their (BJP) politics is destructive.... Don't vote for yourself or Amethi. A message should go from here about the kind of politics needed in the country. There should be clean politics," she said.
          
BJP candidate Smriti Irani and the AAP, which has fielded Kumar Vishwas, also drew Priyanka's wrath as she accused Irani of holding meetings in dark rooms to tell people about lack of electricity and development in the constituency.
          
"There are different governments in the state and the Centre. Sometimes, it causes inconvenience. Giving power is state government's job.... When UP government diverted power supply here, their (BJP) leaders agitated in Lucknow. Now its candidate is doing drama here," she said.
          
The AAP neither has power at the Centre nor in state and it cannot do any development, Priyanka said as she listed out the developmental works carried out by Rahul.
          
She claimed that half of the mentioned in BJP's manifesto are that of the Congress.
          
"BJP copied Congress' manifesto. When their leaders come before you ask them that whether they have any plan for development. If the people are aware then the politicians have to become accountable."

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