“Today, let’s be very honest about this. If my last name were not Gandhi, would I have become an MP at (the age of) 29? I would have not. Would I have become a general secretary (of the BJP) at 32? Probably not. The fact is that we are living in an unequal country and we are beneficiaries of an unequal system,” said Varun Gandhi.
“Media plays an important role in creating a narrative of society and it should be more strident in this endeavour… rather than being a watchdog, it should be a partner in the country’s progress,” said Varun Gandhi.
Varun Gandhi said such a voluntary exercise “would send a positive message across the nation regarding the level of sensitivity that we possess as elected representatives.”
Varun Gandhi also suggested creating an independent, statutory body to ascertain the affordability of the move and the need for an increase in fiscal compensation for MPs.
Varun Gandhi said: “The fact is that a young person from a humble background, even if he has the talent and leadership qualities, cannot come into politics unless his father or godfather is someone worthy.”
‘I want to see an India where it doesn’t matter if I am Varun Dutta or Varun Ghosh or Varun Khan. I want to see a nation where all are given equal rights, regardless of their names,’ the BJP MP said
Varun Gandhi said there should be citizens’ intervention in government schemes and constant monitoring to bring down corruption.
All those working as manual scavengers in the district will be trained for three months and during this process will be paid Rs 6,000 per month, Gandhi added.
Rally for Rivers is a nation-wide campaign of Isha Foundation to save rivers in the country. Founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev rode about 7,000 km from Kanyakumari, covering 16 states to create awareness on the issue.
Senior BJP leaders maintained that the party backs the government stand that the Rohingyas posed a serious security threat as many of them have links with terror outfits and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
Terming the Rohingya refugees as “illegal” immigrants, the government recently told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a “sinister” design of Pakistan’s ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS.
In a statement on Monday, Gandhi said he will contribute Rs 5 crore from his MPLADS fund and an equal amount will be raised “personally through donations and collections from Corporate Social Responsibility funding”.
“The wing would also include an in-house research centre that would work on matters of child healthcare and prevention of several water/air-borne diseases that could affect these defenceless children,” BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi said.
The BJP MP says that MPs having autonomy on matters relating to their salary has resulted in a 400% pay hike for them in a decade
Gandhi’s Zero Hour mention was received in silence from the treasury and the Opposition benches, which were almost empty after a walk out.