BJP parliamentarian Varun Gandhi's praised for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. While delivering fulsome praise to Modi, he did not forget to criticize prime ministers from his own family, a group that includes his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, grandmother Indira Gandhi and uncle Rajiv Gandhi.
“No prime minister in the past had brought as much glory to India as PM Modi had,” Varun Gandhi said. He was campaigning in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, where he is the BJP candidate.
"Honestly speaking, some people in my family have been prime ministers too but the kind of prestige PM Modi has brought to India, nobody else has done for the country for a long time. That man is living for the country and he will die for the country. He only thinks about the country," Varun Gandhi said, addressing a public rally.
"(Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji was from a normal family but had never seen abject poverty. Modi ji is from an economically weaker family...In five years, Prime Minister Modi has not a single accusation of corruption. There are no corruption charges on him. For whom would he do corruption when he has no one else in his family," the 39-year-old said, extolling the Prime Minister.
Not long after Sanjay Gandhi died in a small plane crash in 1980, his wife Maneka Gandhi broke away from the family along with her infant son Varun. Mother and son are both in the BJP. Varun Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi have swapped constituencies this time. He is fighting the election from Pilibhit while his mother will contest from his Sultanpur constituency.
Sources say the change was to ensure safety for Varun Gandhi, who is seen to have lost much support in his own constituency over the years. Pilibhit will vote on April 23, in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections that start on Thursday. The results will be declared on May 23.