Congress Too Has Many Skeletons in Its Cupboard: BJP

Published: 11th April 2014 11:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th April 2014 11:48 PM   |  A+A-


BJP today warned Congress against raking up issues relating to the personal life of Narendra Modi and said it also knows many "secrets" of the Nehru-Gandhi family which they do not want to disclose.

After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi raked up the issue of Modi's marriage to attack BJP, the opposition party said raising such issues will "cost Congress heavily and boomerang".

"Why are they going into personal things? People want an answer to the country's problems. He (Rahul) can talk about it later and hold a panchayat.

"It will cost Congress heavily. Don't get into these things, it will boomerang," BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.

Condemning the "interference" in Modi's life, another BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Varanasi that it was a serious issue and it applied to Rahul Gandhi too though he didn't prefer interfering in anyone's personal life.

"I know many secrets of Gandhi family too from Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv but do not want to disclose them," he said.

"Modi was married at a young age and soon after his marriage he joined RSS and became pracharak...on this issue, his brother has written an elaborate letter clarifying the matter...Modi had never said that he was single," Prasad said, adding "if Rahul has said anything on this issue, then I condemn it. A person should not interfere in anyone's personal life".

In Mumbai, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters that "I think Congress should stop here. If personal attacks begin, then Congress has many skeletons in its cupboard and if we open it, they will have nowhere to hide. We don't want to stoop to a low level".

Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman asked why an issue was being made out of it when the Gujarat Chief Minister has "never lied" on the matter and there was "no aggrieved party".

"I want to tell Rahul Gandhi that he should read the affidavit carefully. Whatever information he (Modi) is giving are all correct information and he has never lied on this," Sitharaman said.

In an election meeting, Rahul said "don't know how many elections he (Modi) has contested till now but he has revealed for the first time that he is married. In Delhi, he talks about honour of women but his own wife's name doesn't reach the affidavit."

Modi wrote Jashodaben as the name of his wife in an affidavit while filing his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha election from Vadodara, Gujarat. He had so far kept quiet on the issue of his marital status earlier and left the column blank in the previous elections.


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