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BJP hits out at Rahul, Priyanka; says Congress is confused about its poll strategy

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 Priyanka Vadra is greeted by women during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI) Priyanka Vadra is greeted by women during her election campaign for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Raebareli on Wednesday. (PTI)

The BJP on Wednesday accused Congress of being confused about its poll campaign and strategy as its top leadership continued to launch personal attacks on BJP leaders while resenting such attacks on their own leaders.

“There is utter confusion in the Congress war room. Their strategy is going haywire. Rahul Gandhi first said he does not approve of personal attacks and then launched a personal attack on (Narendra) Modiji’s affidavit… “An emotional appeal from Priyanka Vadra that says personal matters should not be raised. Today, she also raised personal matters again. Why can’t Congress make up its mind,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

The BJP reaction comes in the wake of Priyanka targeting Narendra Modi by raising the snoopgate issue saying, “If you want to empower women, then why listen to their private conversations.”

Sitharaman said Congress party has no message to give to the people during elections and was trying to run away from answering the questions raised by the people on economy, unemployment and lack of development.

“Congress party has no message…They are absolutely confused. Whether they want to run away from answering questions…are we going to be personal…are we going to be emotional…you owe an answer to the people of India for messing up the economy for the last ten years.

“You are not answering the questions raised. The people of India want to know why they are losing their jobs, why there is no power, why they have to pay through their nose for their basic essentials,” she said.

After Priyanka said she strongly feels about attacks on her husband, BJP said while she wants people to refrain from personal attacks, Congress has been targeting Narendra 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 Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra.

Jaitley said he was glad that Priyanka has made a statement on Vadra and “I only hope her immediate family and her party heeds to her advice.”

The BJP leader 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”.

Sitharaman also said that Congress party should now take the counsel of Priyanka before they make a personal comment on others.

On the snooping issue, she said, “The woman in question is not concerned about it, her father appealed that she be left alone. Here is a case of a woman who was oppressed by a senior bureaucrat… “They are suddenly getting worries continued…

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