New Delhi, Jan 23: Breaking his silence over the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi as Congress General Secretary, PM Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on Congress saying for some people " family is politics".
"Hamari party main koi bhi nirnaya iss baat se nahi hote hain ki ek vyakti ya ek parivaar kya chahta hai, aur isliye kaha jata hai ki desh main zyadatar cases mein parivaar hi party hai, lekin BJP main party hi parivaar hai ( In our party decisions are not taken based on what one family wants. In most cases family is party, but this is not the case in BJP)," said PM Modi in interaction with BJP workers from Maharashtra:
Accusing the Congress of doing dynasty politics, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that Priyanka Gandhi's appointment as General Secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh is no surprise since for the Congress, "the party is a family concern".
Congratulating Priyanka Gandhi for her new role in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Minister said appointing office-bearers is entirely the Congress party's concern.
"Since for Congress, the party is a family concern, these kinds of postings are nothing unusual except to say with the caveat as to why she has been given the role of incharge of only eastern UP. Perhaps her persona narrates a much wider role for her," Prasad told reporters while replying to a question after the Cabinet meeting.
His remarks came after the Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday appointed Priyanka Gandhi as party General Secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh. She will take charge in the first week of February.
Earlier, Union Minister Smriti Irani, who fought Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and regularly attacks the Congress for its "dynasty politics", refused to comment on Priyanka Gandhi's appointment.News24 Bureau/ IANS