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Elections 2014: Priyanka Gandhi defends husband Robert Vadra, blames opposition for targetting him

Rae Bareli (UP): Breaking her silence, a "pained" Priyanka Gandhi today said her husband Robert Vadra was being targeted for political reasons and asserted that her resolve to fight back will increase the more the opponents attack.

Campaigning for her mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in this constituency of Uttar Pradesh, she said Vadra was being attacked by BJP to divert the attention of people from the development issues to "meaningless talk" and that the "truth" about her husband will prevail.

Priyanka GandhiPriyanka Gandhi. File Pic

"When you watch TV, what do you see? Harsh words, ridiculing of my family. A lot of things are said about my husband. I feel pained. I feel pained, not for myself, not because somebody is ridiculing and the truth is not being told, not because everyday I tell my children that the truth will prevail. I feel pained at the kind of politics that has come to the fore in these elections," she told a gathering.

"I am pained that while this election should have been contested on development, needs of the people, employment for youth....instead, an attempt is being made to mislead you towards meaningless talk," she said. Later, she told reporters, "There has been a political attack on my family. They have used my husband for political attack. It has been going on for two years and I feel very strongly about it."

"There has been a political attack on my family. They have used my husband for political attack. It has gone for two years and I feel very strongly about it," she told reporters. Invoking Indira Gandhi, Priyanka said she had learnt from her grand mother how to fight back as "truth is like a shield".

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