Arun Jaitley offers tips to Priyanka Gandhi over 'who Smriti' row

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Arun Jaitley gives tips to Priyanka
New Delhi, May 5: Arun Jaitley offers some tips on what he calls "mature politics and statecraft" to the Congress' Priyanka Gandhi, accusing her of arrogance for being dismissive of Smriti Irani, reports media. [Know your leader profile: Smriti Irani- BJP]

Priyanka's "who?' in response to questions about Smriti on Sunday drew brickbats. This was while staging a massive roadshow with Rahul Gandhi who has been winning Amethi since 2004.

Jaitley wrote in a Facebook post just hours before Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, lands in Amethi to campaign for Smriti today, "There are some clear 'dont's' for mature politics and statecraft. Arrogance is to be avoided. Humility is always a preferred option. Mrs Vadra's statement yesterday on Smriti Irani denying her existence by asking a question "who" displays arrogance at its worst."

[Top contests of 2014: Rahul Gandhi vs Kumar Vishwas vs Smriti Irani]

Jaitley reminded the Congress that an opinion poll "gave 40 per cent popular vote to the BJP and 4 per cent to the Congress." He said that this makes Rahul Gandhi vulnerable in Amethi, considered a Gandhi bastion and one of the safest seats for the Congress.

"Coupled with extensive campaigning done by Smriti Irani, strong anti-incumbency against Congress and the Gandhis for non-development of Amethi and the desire to puncture the arrogance of those who feel that they own Amethi, have all a potential of making Amethi challenge into a stiff one. (sic)," Jaitley wrote.

In a tough contest, Gandhi faces, apart from Irani, Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of Arvind Kejriwal. Amethi votes on May 7.

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