Sultanpur’s ‘near and dear one’ sets stage for LS poll

MP from Pilibhit at present,Varun is planning to contest the next Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur,which is adjacent to Amethi,the Lok Sabha constituency represented by his cousin and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:May 17, 2013 2:17 am

Preparing the ground to contest the Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur,BJP national general secretary Varun Gandhi presented himself before the local people as their “near and dear one” at the Swabhiman Rally organised at Khurshid Club ground on Thursday.

MP from Pilibhit at present,Varun is planning to contest the next Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur,which is adjacent to Amethi,the Lok Sabha constituency represented by his cousin and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Varun mentioned the recent death of his newborn girl child in the beginning of his speech. He said he was very sad and he knew that every person in Sultanpur could understand his sentiments.

“Every child in Sultanpur is my child. Anybody here can meet me and contact me any time. Regard me as one of you,” Varun said,adding that he would come to Sultanpur again.

Varun limited his speech on the issues of Uttar Pradesh. He said people were unsafe and youths were facing problems of unemployment. “Not a single new factory has been set up in UP in the past several years. Business houses are not investing in UP because of unavailability of resources like power,roads and highways,” Varun said.

He said he had written a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav regarding development of the state.

Varun said there was a need to bring change in the politics of the state. “Various political parties are holding caste-based programmes like Brahmin Sammelans. My caste is humanity,” Varun said.

He praised the BJP’s former national president Nitin Gadkari who was present on stage. Gadkari had not sought a second term following allegations of dubious funding of his company. “Gadkariji does politics in the interest of the nation. He left the post of national president in the interest of the BJP as well as the country. I have a huge regard for him,” Varun said.

He had similarly praised current BJP national president Rajnath Singh during the Swabhiman Rally organised in Bareilly district some time ago.

Varun made it a point to mention the names of all local leaders,including party MLAs of adjoining districts like Pratapgarh and Jaunpur,present there.

In his speech,Gadkari targeted the UPA government for alleged scams in Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum. Gadkari said that every person was facing problems of price rise because of the Congress-led UPA government. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were also equally responsible for corruption and price rise because both have always helped the UPA in Parliament.

Gadkari,who addressed Varun as “Yuva Hridya Samrat”,is like a mentor for Varun as he had appointed Varun as national secretary in his team. Sources said Varun was elevated as national general secretary in the new team of Rajnath because of Gadkari who convinced Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

History-sheeter and former BSP MLA Chandrabhadra Singh alias Sonu Singh,who joined the BJP in Lucknow on Wednesday,was spotted on stage. No senior leader mentioned Sonu’s name in speeches,nor did Sonu greet any leader on stage.

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