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Priyanka draws parallel between Manmohan, Mahatma

She said it would be wrong to judge the strength and firmness of a leader just by his appearance

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 15:27 IST

Priyanka Gandhi today dismissed BJP’s charge that Manamohan Singh was a “weak” Prime Minister citing the example of Mahatma Gandhi, who she said was a gentle person but a strong leader.

“Take for example Mahatma Gandhi. No one was gentler a person than him, but he was a great and strong leader,” Priyanka told reporters while campaigning for her brother Rahul in a whirlwind tour of villages of Amethi constituency.

She said it would be wrong to judge the strength and firmness of a leader just by his appearance.
"Manmohan Singh is a very strong, firm and capable leader," Priyanka said.
She disapproved of the personal attacks on women candidates.
"The society which does not respect women, the persons who do not respect women, they themselves do not deserve any respect," she said.
On her chances of contesting elections, Priyanka said "requests keep coming, but I am clear that I do not want to contest elections...I do not want to join politics. Whatever I am doing here is my duty towards my family and this region.
"Why not. If they get a chance, they will," she shot back when asked whether her children will campaign during the polls.
However, Priyanka was quick to add that her children have to attend school from tomorrow.