In sharp escalation of their war of words, Priyanka Gandhi today said BJP was scrambling like "panic-stricken rats" and mocked Narendra Modi asserting one does not need 56-inch chest to run the country while the rival party released a video targeting her husband.
In her shrillest attack yet on BJP after it released a eight-minute video documentary on her husband Robert Vadra's alleged land deals, Priyanka said she is not going to be intimidated by such "lies" and will continue to speak against its "destructive" politics.
The BJP reacted by accusing Congress of taking democratic discourse to a new low with its "abusive" politics.
"They are running around like panic-stricken rats. I knew that they will repeat their bunch of lies. There is nothing new in it but let them say whatever they want to. I am not afraid of anyone and will continue to speak against their negative, destructive and shameful politics," Priyanka told reporters in Rae Bareli after addressing a rally.
"I will not remain quite and I am waiting for them to say more," she said.
Priyanka was asked about a video and a booklet brought out by BJP on the alleged land deals of her husband which it termed as 'Robert Vadra model of development'.
BJP has alleged that the 'Vadra model' has become successful due to the patronage provided by the Gandhi family to Vadra.
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said "there was a gross violation of laws relating to land and environment."
"The influence of the family helped make Vadra big earnings in the deals," he told reporters in Delhi.
The six-page booklet titled 'Damad Shree' refers to various deals of Vadra in Rajasthan and Haryana.
Reacting to Priyanka's remarks, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "Calling BJP rats is abusive politics. They have taken democratic discourse to such a low and they have now distorted democracy and hurt democracy."
Taking a dig at the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, Priyanka said a 56-inch chest is not needed to run the country but a "big heart" and "moral strength". Modi while targeting Mulayam Singh Yadav recently said one needs a 56-inch chest to turn UP into Gujarat.
"A 56-inch chest is not needed to run this country, a big heart is needed to run it. To run this country cruel force of power is not needed, but moral strength is needed. It needs an internal strength," Priyanka said at the rally.
BJP returned the 'big heart' taunt and dragged Vadra again, asking whose large heartedness helped him in expanding his business through alleged land deals.
"Someone talks about a big heart. Whose big heart helped Robert Vadra to establish his empire in such a short span with an initial investment of Rs one lakh," Prasad questioned.