New Delhi, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said he did not make any personal attacks on BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and said he had only brought out a fact that he had forgotten to mention (marital status) in the affidavit.

Talking to media after filing his nomination papers in Amethi, Mr Gandhi said he had stated a fact that did not find a mention in his earlier affidavits.

Ms Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who accompanied her brother for filing of nomination papers too defended Rahul Gandhi saying that he had mentioned that something was missing from the affidavits filed by Mr Modi and she could not really comment.

On the other hand the BJP said that its leader was only disclosing a lawful relation that never materialised as required under law.

Mr Gandhi should realise that there were many Congressmen who could not disclose their illicit relations in their affidavits. ''The disclosure should not disturb Congress'', BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.

Mr Jaitley who is contesting as the BJP candidate from Amritsar in his campaign blog observed that Mr Gandhi had breached an 'unstated code of conduct' -- not drag families, ladies into controversy. ''He must remember that the disturbed matrimonial relationship of a former Indian Prime Minister was never a political issue'', Mr Jaitley wrote.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)