Taking a swipe at the Congress over Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's entry into politics, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Saturday that it was fielding "chocolatey" faces in Lok Sabha polls as it has a dearth of strong leaders.
"A Congress leader demands that Kareena Kapoor should be fielded from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Sometimes others talk about fielding Salman Khan from Indore. Likewise, Priyanka (Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) was also brought into active politics," Mr Vijayvargiya told reporters in Indore.
"Agle Lok Sabha chunav ke maidan mein utaarne Congress ke paas mazboot neta nahi hai. Isliye woh aise chocolatey chehre ke madhyam se chunav ladna chahti hai (The Congress does not have strong leaders to field in the next Lok Sabha elections. For this reason, it wants to fight polls through these charming faces)," he said.
He also said that "Priyanka would not have been brought into active politics if there was confidence within the Congress on (party chief) Rahul's leadership."
Mr Vijayvargiya's comments came amid a controversy over senior BJP leader and Bihar Minister Vinod Narain Jha's remark on Friday that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no other quality except being "very beautiful" and the Congress should remember that beauty does not garner votes.
The remark by Mr Jha, who holds the Public Health and Engineering portfolio, was met with disapproval from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) even as the opposition Congress-RJD combine demanded his sacking, accusing him of having displayed a "perverse" attitude towards women.
Meanwhile, Mr Vijayvargiya condemned those associating the centre's decision to confer Bharat Ratna on former President Pranab Mukherjee with party politics.
"I was watching a debate on a TV channel in which it was being said that the decision to confer Pranab da with Bharat Ratna was taken to strengthen BJP in West Bengal. Those involved in this kind of discussion are insulting Pranab da," he said.
Kailash Vijayvargiya is the BJP's general secretary in-charge for West Bengal.
"The decision to confer Pranab da with Bharat Ratna is the biggest proof of the fairness of this honour. It is wrong to link this decision with party politics. Such comments are condemnable," the BJP leader said.
"During the (PM Narendra) Modi government, national honours are given to those who deserve them," he claimed.
Mr Vijayvargiya termed the Madhya Pradesh government's farm loan waiver scheme a political gimmick, and asked if it had the Rs 40,000 crore needed for the scheme.
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