A BJP leader from Bihar has sparked controversy by making a sexist comment against newly inducted Uttar Pradesh General Secretary of the Congress Priyanka Gandhi.
The leader in question, Vinod Narayan Jha, who is also a minister in the Bihar cabinet, said that Congress' appointment of Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra was to garner for votes using beautiful faces.
"Even today, I agree that the Congress is being delusional. Using beautiful faces, they (Congress) cannot ask for votes from the people. And if they think like that - Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is beautiful and Congress will win seats using her beauty, they are not thinking straight. India's democracy is mature and such a decision is not good for our democracy," Vinod Narayan Jha said.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was inducted into the Congress party as the general-secretary for Uttar Pradesh (East) on Wednesday by the party president and her brother Rahul Gandhi.
On Thursday, top BJP sources had told Republic TV that the ruling saffron party quite confident on contesting against the newly appointed member of the Opposition party. Speaking to Republic TV, top BJP sources said that the party is ready to fight against Priyanka Gandhi, the way they fought against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
While the Congress assumes that Priyanka Gandhi's entry into the politics will work as a masterstroke in the northern state for the party weeks ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls, the top BJP sources have raised questions over Gandhi's appointment for the Uttar Pradesh east region, which also consists of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi. Furthermore, the sources have also told Republic TV that the BJP party is confident get the benefit from the three-way battle in Uttar Pradesh - between BJP-led NDA, Congress-led UPA and the newly formed alliance of Mayawati's BSP and Akhilesh Yadav's SP.