Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi on Wednesday warned against concentration of power in one person.
Television channels also quoted her as saying that people should “throw out politicians who tap women's phones”, an oblique reference to the alleged spying on a woman on orders of the Gujarat government in 2009.
“Some leaders are tapping phone calls behind closed doors. Is this how they empower women? Such politicians should be thrown out,” she said.
“If all power is concentrated in the hands of one person, is it a good thing? Or should people have power?” she asked while campaigning for her mother Sonia Gandhi.
A day after breaking her silence on the continued “political” attacks on her husband Robert Vadra, the Congress star campaigner maintained that personal attacks should be avoided in electioneering and focus should be on real issues affecting the people.
“Personal attacks are being carried out. But this is not politics. This is being done to mislead people. Discussions should be done on real issues,” she added.
Taking on the BJP, she said they “spread hatred” while the Congress promises development.
“These elections are about unity and strengthening the identity of India. When you go to vote then think what type of politics you want... the divisive one, which spreads communalism or the one which takes everyone together," she said.
The BJP, meanwhile, said while Priyanka Gandhi wanted people to refrain from personal attacks, the Congress was targeting Modi on a variety of issues including his marital status.
Agreeing that “personal issues” should not be raked up, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “issues of probity are public issues. They are not personal issues.” He was apparently referring to allegations relating to land deals against Vadra.
Jaitley said he was glad Priyanka Gandhi has made a statement on Vadra and "I only hope her immediate family and her party heeds to her advice."
He said Priyanka's friends in the Congress would now hopefully realise that they had personalised their attack on Modi relating to his marital status, the Snoopgate issue "without a shred of evidence".