I am Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter: Priyanka to Modi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 02, 2014 11:33 IST

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has brushed aside Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s reported description of her as like his daughter.

“I am Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter,” Priyanka said at a rally on Thursday.

The brush-off came amid reports that Gujarat chief minister Modi had made his remark during an interview to state broadcaster Doordarshan.

Controversy engulfed Modi’s interview to Doordarshan amid talk that parts of it, including the remark about Priyanka, were edited out before it was aired on Sunday.

A Times of India report quoted an unnamed source as saying, "As a measure of abundant caution it was decided to edit out the part where Modi refused to attack Priyanka Gandhi in response to a question, saying she was like his daughter and not a political rival like her mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi."

Barely hours before Priyanka’s retort, Union finance minister P Chidambaram said, “I am happy that Modi considers Priyanka Gandhi as his daughter, but am not sure if she will be happy to consider Modi a father figure.”

Priyanka’s father, Rajiv Gandhi, was India’s prime minister from 1984-89. He was assassinated in 1991 when he has leading the Congress campaign to return to power at the Centre.

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