I am surprised: Rahul on Varun

Expressing his surprise over the hate speech made by the ‘other Gandhi’ Varun at Pilibhit recently,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi advised his cousin....

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: March 26, 2009 12:41 am

Expressing his surprise over the hate speech made by the ‘other Gandhi’ Varun at Pilibhit recently,Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi advised his cousin that hatred could only blind a person. He was interacting with the media in Puducherry on the sidelines of his visit to the Union Territory ahead of the general elections.

“Those were his views. I was surprised by it. But life is full of surprises. I have my own views,and I believe you should not carry hatred and anger with you,as they will only blind you” said Rahul,two days after his sister Priyanka took on Varun on the issue,asking him to understand the Gita well.

When asked about his own opinion on the LTTE,who were responsible for his father and late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991,Rahul said the Tigers were a terrorist group that killed his father. “I am not particularly fond of them,” he said. However,he said the Centre was sparing no efforts to help the innocent civilians amongst the Tamils in Lanka.

Reacting to NDA prime ministerial candidate L K Advani’s comments that Manmohan Singh was a weak Prime Minister,Rahul — even while declining to comment on a “senior leader like Advani” — reminded that it was not Singh who had buckled under terrorist threat in Kandahar.

As the Prime Minister,Manmohan Singh has achieved “a lot” for the country,sustaining its growth story,showing his grit and will to clinch the civilian nuclear deal and bringing pressure on Pakistan after the Mumbai attack,said Rahul. “He has my whole support,” he said,pre-empting queries on his own chances of becoming the Prime Minister.

To those who still persisted,Rahul said he was right now involved in energising the party and its student and youth outfits. This was his second visit to the region; the first was in 2005 soon after the tsunami. He also held meetings with youth congress workers in the Karaikal region,where his party faced a backlash in the 2006 Assembly elections.

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