Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi for dubbing his sister Priyanka Gandhi's "neech rajniti" remark as an attack on his caste.
Modi had on Tuesday played the caste card to counter Priyanka's attack and questioned whether belonging to a low caste was a crime.
"Jaati nahi, karm neech hote hain (It is not caste but ones action that are low)," Rahul said when asked about the controversy triggered by Priyanka's barb at Modi.
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"Neech soch hoti hai, gusse ki soch hoti hai, Krodh ki soch hoti hai. (It is the ideology which is low, the ideology of anger)," he said, adding his focus was that more and more people vote and women get empowered.
Priyanka had on Monday hit out at Modi, saying he has insulted her "martyred" father Rajiv Gandhi during his speech in Amethi and accused the Gujarat chief minister of indulging in "low-level" politics.
"Is it a crime to be born in backward caste? Did I insult anyone by being born in a backward caste? Such a dirty blame has been put on me," Modi had said countering Priyanka.
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Earlier, Rahul reached Fursatganj airstrip and visited polling centres to witness the ongoing poll process.
The Congress vice-president has stepped into Amethi for the first time on the day of polling and faces a tough challenge from the BJP in his family borough.
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Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas, who is also contesting from the seat, said Modi learnt "how to address the public after hearing his speeches" and expressed confidence that the broom will "clear" all the opposition against him in Amethi.
Talking to reporters, BJP candidate Smriti Irani said she was confident of her victory as people of Amethi had "understood that only BJP could ensure development".
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