New Delhi, Nov 12: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Sultanpur Varun Gandhi on Saturday struck hard on dynasty politics and said that he would not have become a Lok Sabha member if he had not belonged to the Gandhi family.
Addressing an event in Guwahati, Varun Said, “I am Feroze Varun Gandhi. If my surname was not Gandhi, would I have become an MP at the age of 29? 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.”
In 2016, the MP from Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh had proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill in the parliament, seeking for the right of common masses to remove their elected representatives within two years from being elected, if 75 percent of those who voted for them are not satisfied with their performance.
Backing the bill, Gandhi said, “Whether you see politics, films, cricket or business, it seems like all doors are closed for the common man.”
Varun’s comment came months after his cousin and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had courted controversy with his statement on Dynasty politics. Citing examples of Samajwadi Party, DMK and even Bollywood, Rahul while interacting with students at the University of California in Berkeley, had said that India is run by dynasties.
“Most parties in India have that problem. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi of DMK) is a dynast. Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. So, that’s how India runs. So, don’t get after me because that’s how India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So, that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi had said.
(With inputs from agencies)