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Priyanka compares Manmohan Singh with Mahatma Gandhi

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 14:24 IST
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Coming out in support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday called him a "strong and determined" leader and said even Mahatma Gandhi looked gentle.

"You cannot judge a person's strength from his external personality. Mahatma Gandhi was so gentle but was so strong from inside. Manmohan Singh is very strong and determined," Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, said while campaigning in the state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been calling Manmohan Singh a weak prime minister.

Taking on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks calling the Congress a "125-year-old budhiya" (old hag) and a "gudiya" (doll), she said: "Those who don't respect women don't deserve respect themselves."

Asked if she would enter politics, Priyanka Gandhi said: "I don't want to contest elections and come into politics but work for my family and the party."

Priyanka bats for Rahul, urges Amethi to vote for development

Campaigning for her brother Rahul in his constituency, Congress star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said people should exercise their votes for development.

"When you go for vote on April 23, you should realise that it is not only your right but also your power. You should think about the candidate who can develop the area," she said.

Priyanka said during election time, many political parties and candidates come to ask for votes, some in the name of caste and some in the name of religion, for their own interests.

"You should also see your interests and vote for the candidate who can develop the area," she said. Recalling the role of her family in the area, she said, "you know my family for a long time. Rajivji was my father and Amethi was known in the country for fast paced development."

She also recalled the work of her mother Sonia Gandhi, who was an MP from Amethi.

Listing the achievements of Rahul as an MP, she said, he brought roads in several areas, power connection, water supply, mobile vans, schemes for women with self help groups and took steps for education of the children.

"We know that you (voters) have supported us. I can assure you that from our side, the support is there and will always be there," she said, exhorting the people to vote for Rahul for the continuous development of the area. (With PTI inputs)