Priyanka Gandhi tells Narendra Modi: You want to be PM, then why so childish

When Modi aspires to be the Prime Minister, he should not indulge in childish behaviour, said Priyanka in Amethi.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Maulshree Seth | Amethi | Updated: April 30, 2014 8:00 am

A day after Narendra Modi described Rahul Gandhi as a “namuna” (an odd or clownish character), Priyanka Vadra retorted that those who aspired to be prime minister should be dignified, not childish.

“Ek party hai uske neta mere bhai Rahul ko kabhi namuna kehte hain, kabhi shehzada kehte hain, kabhi mazaakiya kehte hain. Arey PM banne ki aas rakhte ho toh bachpane mein kyon padte ho? Pad ki garima ko samajhiye? (There is the leader of a party, who refers to my brother Rahul Gandhi as a namuna, a shehzada, and a clown. If you aspire to be PM, then why do you indulge in such childish behaviour? You should understand the dignity of the position),” she told a public meeting in Deeh village in the Salon assembly segment of Amethi on Tuesday.

Instead of making puerile comments, these leaders should tell the people what they did for the empowerment of women and employment of the youth, Priyanka said.

Leaders of this same party had criticised her father Rajiv Gandhi when he spoke of computers and information technology, Priyanka said, without naming the BJP. “Mobile se zindagi aasan hui ki nahin? (Haven’t mobile phones made your life easier?) My brother also has a long-term vision, which these leaders with a narrow mindset would never understand.”

Clutching some handwritten notes, Priyanka spoke of how the development that Rahul had brought to Amethi would “stay for long”, and contribute to the economic development of the region. Her brother thinks “10 years ahead”, beyond just “handpumps”, she said.

“He has ensured that you get better connectivity with the rest of the country and the world. Apart from new inter-city trains, there are various MEMU-DEMU (mainline electric multiple unit and diesel multiple unit) trains connecting the region. There are express trains that pass through here now. The region has got 20 new trains and 14 stops, and there is now a network of seven national highways around Amethi and Rae Bareli.”

Priyanka also spoke about the creation of an education hub near Jias, and the coming of an IIIT, Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalayas and model schools to Amethi. She told the gathering that an upcoming food park would ensure better packaging and cold storage facilities.

“This is not all, he has ensured that Fursatganj airstrip gets the status of cargo terminal so that your produce can go to different parts of the country and abroad. Aapki upaj desh-videsh mein seedhe pahunchegi.

“Rahul ji ke liye nahin, apne bachchon ke bhavishya ke liye, is desh ke bhavishya ke liye vote kariye (Not for Rahul, vote for the future of your children, vote for the future of this country),” she exhorted the crowd.

Alongside targeting the BJP, Priyanka also launched her first attack on the Aam Aadmi Party candidate against Rahul, Kumar Vishwas. She did not, however, name him.

“There are other candidates who come to you and criticize Amethi and say that there is no development here,” she said. “Ek to aisi party ke ummeedwaar hain jo na Centre mein hain aur na state mein. Aur lagta nahin ki ayenge bhi. (There is the candidate of a party which is present neither at the Centre nor at the state level. And I do not think it will ever come either). On the other hand, there is this party, that used to think that computers would take away jobs. How can they take the country forward?”

On the request of Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav had given electricity to both Rae Bareli and Amethi, but it was taken away after some leaders in the opposition objected, she said. “Now their candidate sitting in a dark room says that there is no electricity in Rahul’s Amethi. You are intelligent enough to understand this drama. I ask you to vote after giving a thought to these significant issues.”

Priyanka addressed a series of public meetings through the day, ending with a padyatra and public meeting in the Naseerabad area of Salon assembly segment. ENS

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First Published on: April 29, 2014 3:43 pm
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    Rahul
    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    Priyanka... you the best!
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      Aditya
      Apr 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm
      hi-Vadra developmentversus development for the people of India. The people have to choose. Vote fora strong leader who can do away with the machinations of the his and theCongress mafia. Bat for Narendra Modi, vote for BJP/NDA.
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        Aditya
        Apr 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm
        Where was Priyanka when her family and thecongress crooks had been hammering Narendra Modi left, right, centre, up, anddown labelling him with all sorts of names? At this stage Priyanka Vadra shouldworry more about Robert Vadra and tell us why he should not be brought to bookfor using the influence of her family in the creation of a huge family fortune?
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          Jayesh
          Apr 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm
          Absurd.
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            A k
            Apr 29, 2014 at 10:16 pm
            I doubt if Feroze would take pride in these scions of his. These three his have a long, long way to reach anywhere near Feroze hi, who had it in him to beard the then monarch of India.
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              alex
              May 3, 2014 at 8:56 am
              Yes it could be. the 90% people of Gujarat is a childhood.
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                PN
                Apr 30, 2014 at 4:30 am
                Priyanka - tell us what the Congress has done well in last ten years? we can make our own judgements on Modi's childishness......
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                  PN
                  Apr 30, 2014 at 4:30 am
                  for what??????
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                    Chandan Bhowmick
                    Apr 30, 2014 at 12:36 am
                    PRIYANKA should scearch for a good looking girl so that her brother get married .It is high time for him to get married.He will get lot of time to contest for P M post.
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                      Bhupal Bhuppy
                      Apr 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm
                      One can understand the agony and pain of a loving sister when her brother is ridiculed in public. But in politics is not for the rabbit hearts. In the rough and tumble of politics things are blown out of proportion to create the desired impact. When Mr Modi was addressing Mr Rahul hi the way he did, he was only giving voice to public perception about Mr Rahul hi.
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                        david
                        Apr 29, 2014 at 11:37 am
                        When the real g son of Mahatma hi is alive, who are these fake Feroz hi, who have looted India with Trillion Dollars in over seas.
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                          Dr Tarlochan
                          Apr 30, 2014 at 2:42 am
                          Well said, Madam.
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                            Gannu
                            May 2, 2014 at 8:25 am
                            Well said bro.... First we need to get rid of this Italian guys.. God pls save..
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                              Honestraj
                              Apr 29, 2014 at 11:56 am
                              But she can call the entire BJP leaders as Rats, which is fine for everyone.
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                                guest
                                Apr 29, 2014 at 11:55 am
                                Since she is campaigning only in amethi and Rae barely aren't you giving undue space to her???
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                                  anonymouskar
                                  Apr 30, 2014 at 2:37 am
                                  Thanks for the advise now go out earn some respect by actually doing something and come back to talk.
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                                    Harish
                                    Apr 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm
                                    Even scary old men get childish when dealing with children.
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                                      Just Me
                                      Apr 29, 2014 at 11:30 am
                                      What are the achievements that she has till now that she believes she can call anyone childish or mature? And why is the media publishing this? Just who is this person and why should we read about what she has to say?
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                                        Leo Frank
                                        Apr 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm
                                        Poor Priyanka! Even she has nothing to talk about the 10 years of Congress mismanagement or its achievements. Pretty understandable! Public will not take this Congressi idiosyncracy lying low. People of India will slap the Congress just like it was repeatedly slapped for last 15 years in Gujarat in every election.
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                                          jhone
                                          Apr 30, 2014 at 2:41 am
                                          modi is not a kid .. but criminal .. pakka criminal...so he can use any ugly and dirty words against anyone.....
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                                            J
                                            Apr 30, 2014 at 3:41 am
                                            Priyankaji do you think that the Gujarath people has voted in in favour of a Child for the last 15 years.
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