THE Nehru-Gandhi family was locked in a war of words Sunday after Priyanka Gandhi said her cousin Varun Gandhi had gone “astray” and suggested that voters in Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh from where he is BJP’s candidate should not vote for him.
Varun’s mother and BJP leader Maneka Gandhi Sunday hit out at Priyanka, saying the country will decide who has gone on the wrong path. “If he has gone astray while serving the country, the country will decide,” she said when asked for her reaction to Priyanka’s comment.
At a meeting with Congress workers in Amethi Saturday, Priyanka appeared to ask people not to vote for the BJP leader, who is contesting from the adjacent Sultanpur seat. Varun is a sitting MP from Pilibhit.
“He (Varun Gandhi) is definitely from my family, he is my brother. But he has gone astray. When a young one in the family chooses the wrong path, then the elders show them the right path, the right way. I urge all of you to show my brother the right path,” Priyanka had said about her estranged cousin Varun.
Priyanka with her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi had accompanied Rahul Gandhi in Amethi as he filed his nomination, seeking a third consecutive term from the Lok Sabha constituency.
The BJP came to Varun’s defence saying he is on the “right track”. “I believe that Varun Gandhi is on the right track, and if anyone has misled the country from the right path it is the Congress,” BJP president Rajnath Singh said.
Congress leader Meem Afzal said everyone will agree with what Priyanka has said.
It was earlier this month that Varun praised Rahul’s work in his constituency Amethi. However, this did not go down well with an embarrassed BJP. A day after his praise of Rahul, Varun said, “It should not be seen as an endorsement of any political party or candidate.”