BJP general secretary Varun Gandhi Tuesday made it clear that he intends to contest the Lok Sabha election from Sultanpur as he kickstarted the campaign invoking his father Sanjay Gandhi’s legacy in the district.
“I have come here not like a leader, but as a son. The last time I was here, I came as a child with my mother. I here now as a young son to reduce your burden,” Varun, the Pilibhit MP, said while addressing a public rally in Sultanpur.
Varun also invoked the legacy of his father who was elected to Lok Sabha from Amethi, then a part of the Sultanpur district. The Sultanpur seat was represented by Congress’s Sanjay Singh who has recently been elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam.
Before reaching the rally venue, Varun offered prayers at Bijuthua Hanuman Temple in Sudapur area. “My father had started his political career after taking blessings at this temple only and he had taken a pledge to serve people of Sultanpur,” Varun said.
He said “God has sent him to Sultanpur” so that he could fulfil the dreams of Sanjay Gandhi. Sultanpur, he said, was lacking a leadership for past several years and he wants to be the strong voice of the people and a security cover for those who consider themselves exploited, helpless, and deprived, said Varun.
He also questioned the lack of development in the district. “When there can be development in Kannauj, Amethi, Mainpuri and Jaswantnagar (Etawah), why cannot the same be done in Sultanpur? I have done such development in Pilibhit where I visited every village at least thrice after winning the elections,” he said, adding he wanted to introduce a new kind of politics based on humanity and work and not on religion or caste.
In Varun’s rally, no leader from party’s central or state unit was present. The local leaders claimed presence of nearly 40,000 people in the rally.
Varun had given indications of contesting election from Sultanpur first time in May, 2013 when he had addressed a rally there along with former party national president Nitin Gadkari. The BJP, however, is yet to declare its list of candidates.