NEW DELHI – Priyanka Gandhi has brushed aside Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s reported description of her as like his daughter, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported on Thursday.
“I am Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter,” Priyanka said at a rally. The brush-off came amid reports that Modi had made his remark during an interview to the state-run broadcaster. Controversy engulfed Modi’s interview to channel amid talk that parts of it, including the remark about Priyanka, were edited out before it was aired.
A Times of India report quoted an unnamed source as saying, “As a measure of abundant caution it was decided to edit out the part where Modi refused to attack Priyanka Gandhi in response to a question, saying she was like his daughter and not a political rival like her mother Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.”
Barely hours before Priyanka’s retort, India’s Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, “I am happy that Modi considers Priyanka Gandhi as his daughter, but am not sure if she will be happy to consider Modi a father figure.” Priyanka’s father, Rajiv Gandhi, was India’s prime minister from 1984-89.