"I am not sure if Priyanka Gandhi will be happy to consider Narendra Modi as a father figure," Finance Minister P Chidambaram said today reflecting the discomfort in Congress with the persona of the BJP's PM candidate.
"I am happy that Narendra Modi considers Priyanka Gandhi as his daughter but I am not sure if she will be happy to consider Modi as a father figure," the senior Congress leader said.
He was reacting to questions over Modi's purported comments in an interview to Doordarshan that he considers Priyanka like his daughter.
Some portions of the interview, including Modi's "daughter" comments on Priyanka, were reportedly not telecast. Chidamabaram said he was not aware of what was said and what was edited.
He said his own recent interview to a television channel underwent some editing as "that is prerogative of the editor" of the news channel in terms of the schedule and size of the programme.
Modi's interview was telecast on April 27, reportedly two days after it was recorded, following a buzz in social media that it was being dropped.
During the interview, Modi is reported to have said that over the years he had been "blacked-out" by the Doordarshan Kendra in Gujarat and he was surprised to get a request from the public broadcaster.