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Priyanka hits back at BJP on Varun issue

Source: PTI
March 24, 2009 18:22 IST
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Hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party for criticising her remarks on Varun Gandhi's hate speech, Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday said religion is "no one's personal asset" after the saffron party took exception to her reference to Bhagwad Gita.

"Who am I to teach anyone? But one thing I am sure of is that religion is no one's personal asset," she said, when asked to comment about reactions by BJP leaders that Priyanka was no one to preach Hinduism.

"It's not my place to preach. Religion is no one's property. A person who is truthful and good is religious whether he is a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Buddhist," she told media persons in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

"I am confident that the people of this country are intelligent enough to understand because our culture is based on this. And if anyone will teach a lesson, it will be the people of our country," Priyanka said.

Priyanka on Monday criticised Varun for making hate speeches and asked him to read the Gita properly.

Priyanka said the issue was not a family matter but a question of principles for which the Gandhi family stood for.

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