Today Priyanka Gandhi Wadra taunted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whether it was appropriate to concentrate all the powers in the hands of one man, hinting at over-popularity of BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi within and outside his party.
Quick came reply from one of the senior BJP leaders who was alive (to care for and) to remember emergency days imposed by Indira Gandhi, the grandmother of Priyanka, and then prime minister of India. In one question, the leader asked: “Is that a lesson learnt from 1975, madam?”
However, to much cheers of Congress supporters, within 2 minutes of the question being aired on television channels, Priyanka answered the barb in very strong terms. “BJP is just being gender-insensitive. I had clearly asked whether it was appropriate to concentrate all the powers in the hand of a man and not a woman. This shows the backward and insensitive mind of BJP Hindutva zealots.”
Rahul Gandhi, a vice-president of Congress party, was quick in taking up the clue. “This is why we are talking of empowering women and youth. Power to women, power to youth – those are the values and thoughts Congress is standing for!” However, in the meanwhile, the power in the microphone disappeared and we couldn’t hear more about power.
In the meanwhile, BJP leaders continued vitriolic counter-attacks on Priyanka Gandhi and Congress. One of the most senior leaders of BJP labeled the emergency period of 1975-77 as “barbaric”, describing some tortures he had to face himself.
Priyanka Gandhi, who is known as the defender of the in-defendables, argued in the lines of letting bygones be bygones. “The world has changed. We have to talk about modern times. 1975-77 was in the middle ages! BJP has a tendency of digging out poison of long past.”
Our correspondent asked for further clarification on what she meant by “middle-ages”, Priyanka smiled and replied: “Secular definitions of middle-age and modern times are simple. When our atrocities to others end, middle-age ends and when tables turn in their favor, modern age of compassion arises.”