Rajiv Gandhi was my father, says irked Priyanka

May 02, 2014 - 12:55:46 am
Narendra Modi and Priyanka Gandhi

Amethi/New Delhi: In a scathing retort to Narendra Modi’s reported “daughter” comment, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday said she was the daughter of late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, while controversy-hit Doordarshan clarified there was no “deliberate editing” of the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s interview.

“My father is Rajiv Gandhi. He laid down his life for the country. He cannot be compared to any other person,” Priyanka Gandhi, the daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said angrily in Amethi. She was reacting to a reported comment of Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Modi in an interview aired on Doordarshan on April 27 that Priyanka Gandhi was like a daughter. Following a media report that said Modi’s comment made during the interview to Doordarshan was edited out, the BJP charged the ruling Congress with interference in the functioning of the public broadcaster.

But Doordarshan clarified there was “no deliberate editing or omission” of any part of Modi’s interview. “Wherever editing was done was for technical reasons and during post-production,” Doordarshan said in a statement. 

Priyanka Gandhi, who has been unsparing in her attacks on Modi during political campaigns in favour of Sonia Gandhi and her brother Rahul Gandhi, also said that she did not appreciate the comparison with her father, who was assassinated by a Tamil Tiger human bomb in 1991 during an election rally. Asked by reporters if she was offended by Modi’s comments, Priyanka said: “No, it doesn’t really anger me... But enough is enough. I don’t get offended by anything anyone says.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari denied any interference in the state-run broadcaster, saying Prasar Bharati, under which Doordarshan and All India Radio function, is kept at “arms length” by the government.

“Prasar Bharati is an autonomous broadcaster and is governed by an act of parliament. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has an arms-length relationship with the broadcaster.”