Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday that he agreed with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, that personal attacks cause pain to people and should be avoided.

Mr. Jaitley however, also wished that her political friends also realised this.

Responding to Ms. Vadra’s comments in Rae Bareli that the Opposition was trying to malign her husband Robert Vadra’s image with “false charges,’’ Mr. Jaitley said she was right that “personal attacks pain people and should be avoided.’’ He however stressed that “issues of probity in public life’’ were not personal issues.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha pointed out that the Congress has been carrying on a campaign against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on several issues.

Writing in his campaign diary, Mr. Jaitley said Mr. Modi’s so-called child marriage was made into a public issue . He said in a case where courts haven’t found enough to register an FIR against Mr. Modi, the Congress party has carried on campaign for “12 long years based on falsehood and fabrications.’’

“Certainly, if the mother had listened to her daughter, she would not have called Mr. Modi ‘maut ka saudagar’. I completely agree with Ms. Vadra, but good advice, like charity, always begins at home,” he added.