Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday virtually hit back at her cousin Varun Gandhi saying, people vote for her family members in Rae Bareli and Amethi not due to Gandhi surname but due to the work done by them.
At the same time she maintained people have a "special" relationship with her family in Rae Bareli. "Many people ask me why do our family members keep on winning from these seats. Some argue we are Gandhi's that's why we win but this is not true.
Whether the name Gandhi is with us or not you would not have promoted us had we not worked," she said addressing an election meeting in Rahi village of Rae Bareli Parliamentary constituency.
Her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi is seeking a re-election from the seat after winning it 2004 Lok Sabha election and then again in the 2006 by-poll.
Priyanka's remarks come a day after her cousin and BJP leader Varun Gandhi said in Fatehpur that he wants to be known as "Gandhi by work" and not as "Gandhi by name." "You have seen from the period of Indira Gandhi, then Rajiv Gandhi that these people (members of Nehru Gandhi family) work..