BJP candidate from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, Smriti Irani, on Thursday, lashed out at Congress General Secretary Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra over a video in which she is seen with a group of children raising anti-Modi slogans, reports ANI.

The video, which has gone viral, shows Vadra with children as the latter are shouting “chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief”, the phrase used by Congress President Rahul Gandhi to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal.

Irani, who was in Amethi, said, “Doesn’t Mrs Vadra know that you can’t use children for political activity? What values are you giving to children? I’d say that cultured families should keep their children away from such a person.

“Congress party in UP is fighting a battle to lose. We gave chase to Congress president so much so that he had to literally run even after SP-BSP pledged support on this seat (Amethi). This is not a fight between BJP and Congress, this is a genuine fight between people and a ‘lapata sansad (missing member of parliament),’” said Irani.

“Uncouth to the core. Imagine the filthiest of abuses that a Prime Minister has to endure from people whose only claim to fame is a nose. Lutyens outrage anyone,” was Irani’s response to the video.

However, the longer version of the video shared by Irani shows Vadra cupping her mouth and along with the other local leaders stopping the children from using the phrase.

Irani is contesting against Rahul from the Amethi seat. In 2014 she had lost to the Congress president.