In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday said the Mahabharata character Duryodhana too had such arrogance.Addressing an election meeting in Ambala in Haryana state, she also criticised Modi for calling her late father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Bhrashtachari Number 1 (the most corrupt) and dared Modi to fight the parliamentary polls on issues like development rather than divert the people's attention.
Modi should face the people and tell them what he has done for them over the past five years and what he plans to do in the future, she said. “This country has never forgiven ego and arrogance. History is witness to this, the Mahabharata is witness to this,” she said at the meeting. “Duryodhana also had such arrogance. When Lord Krishna went to make him understand, he tried to take him captive,” the Congress General Secretary said.
She read out a poem by leading Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, saying wisdom is the first casualty before someone's downfall: Jab naash manush par chhata hai, pehle vivek mar jata hai... The ongoing parliamentary election is about achievements of the BJP-led government. But to hide their failures, they try to divert the attention of people of country, she said.