Indore: BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's appointment as a Congress general secretary reflected the lack of confidence in Rahul Gandhi's leadership within the party.
Equating Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with actors Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan, the former Madhya Pradesh minister said the Congress wanted to field "chocolaty" faces in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as it had a dearth of strong leaders.
"A Congress leader demands that Kareena Kapoor should be fielded from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. Sometimes, others talk about fielding Salman Khan from Indore. Likewise, Priyanka was also brought into active politics.
"The Congress does not have strong leaders to field in the Lok Sabha election. That is why it wants to fight the polls through these chocolaty faces," Vijayvargiya told reporters here.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was responding to a question on the demand by a section in the Congress to field Kareena and Salman from Bhopal and Indore respectively in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
"Priyanka would not have been brought into active politics if there was confidence within the Congress in (party chief) Rahul's leadership," he said.
On January 23, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed the Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East, marking her official entry into active politics.
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 had no other quality except being "very beautiful" and the Congress should remember that beauty did not garner votes. (PTI)