Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava
Amethi: Shortly after BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made a scathing attack on the Gandhi family and accused it of being "arrogant" and "power drunk", Congress chief Sonia Gandhi`s daughter Priyanka Gandhi on Monday hit back, saying the people of Amethi will not forgive the main opposition party for insulting her late father.
Reacting to Modi`s criticism of her family, Priyanka said, “BJP has insulted my late father (Rajiv Gandhi) in Amethi and people here will never forgive it.”
Referring to the open allegations made by the Gujarat Chief Minister against the Gandhi family and the 60 years of Congress rule, Priyanka said, “My party workers will avenge this petty politics.”
“Each and every booth of Amethi will give a befitting reply to BJP`s petty politics,” Priyanka said.
Priyanka made these remarks after Modi accused the Congress party of ignoring the welfare and interests of the poor in a speech delivered in Rahul Gandhi`s Lok Sabha constituency.
Addressing a massive gathering at Gauriganj town in Amethi, Modi sought votes for sister Smriti Irani, saying the time has come to throw out dynastic politics and espouse the cause of development.
Challenging Gandhi to a debate with Irani, the BJP leader said if the media wants to test the competence of both the candidates, they should ask them the names of villages in the constituency.
Modi said he has not sent Irani to Amethi to increase the tension of Rahul Gandhi but to end the tension of the people.
I do not believe in `badla` (revenge), but in the politics of `badlaav` (change)," he said.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said Congress leaders scoff at him on what would be his future if he lost the polls.
"Congress leaders say that Rahul ji in case of loss will be Leader of Opposition, but what happens to Modi? I can assure them that in such a scenario my tea-selling vend is ready," he said to loud applause.
Slamming Congress leaders for ridiculing the Gujarat model of development, Modi said the party should instead tell people what was the model followed in Amethi, where good roads, uninterrupted power supply and jobs were elusive.
Slamming Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s comment that he practised "politics of anger", Modi said Rajiv Gandhi, then as Congress general secretary, had humiliated a party chief minister in Andhra Pradesh.
He said Sitaram Kesri was thrown out of the Congress on the wishes of Sonia Gandhi and even the mortal remains of former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao were not allowed to be kept at the Akbar Road office of the party because she had wanted it that way.
"This trend of anger has been continued by Rahul Gandhi who humiliated the prime minister by terming as `nonsense` an ordinance passed by the cabinet," he said.
Modi also took an indirect jibe at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on how she had responded to a reporter`s question on Smriti Irani by asking who was she.
Stating that such "arrogance" has no place in democracy, Modi urged the people to end dynastic politics and instead vote for development. Amethi goes to the polls May 7.