New Delhi, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

Adding more fuel to the continuing war of words between him and the Nehru-Gandhi family, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today sought to glorify his backward caste background by hitting out at Priyanka Gandhi's remarks that the BJP was indulging in a very 'low level' politics.

Mr Modi, son of a tea seller, tweeted that his politics was being branded as "low" because he had come from a lower caste (Samajik roop se nichel warg se aaya hun is liye un logon ke liye eri rajniti "neech rajniti hi hogi).

He sought to remind the readers that it was because of the valour, courage and sacrifices of the lower castes that the country had reached such heights.

"This low level of politics was going to get the country rid of the misrule and vote bank politics of the last 60 years," he said.

"This low level politics has the power to secure India a place in the world as a prosperous and strong nation," said Mr Modi.

Earlier, Priyanka had said that Mr Modi had insulted his father in reference to his allegations that the former prime minister as a Congress general secretary has insulted the then Andhra Pradesh chief minister at the airport.

Her remark came after Mr Modi challenged the Nehru-Gandhi family in their own pocket borough Amethi yesterday.

Priyanka had also, a few days ago, made a terse remark, "I am Rajiv's daughter" while reacting to reported statement by Mr Modi in which he is said to have equated Priyanka to his daughter.

Mr Modi has all through his election campaign been referring to Priyanka's brother and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as "Shehzada"(prince) in a sarcastic manner and describing the UPA government as "maa-bete ki sarkar"(government of mother-son duo) in an obvious attack on the presumed status of Congress president Sonia Gandhi as the real power centre.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)