The Bharatiya Janata Party's top brass is unhappy with Varun Gandhi, its MP from Sultanpur, for visiting Allahabad on 1 May and the young leader has been asked to restrict his movements to his constituency, India Today quoted 'reliable sources' as saying.
According to The Free Press Journal, Gandhi is aspiring to be the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Gandhi has also started visiting different parts of the state and addressing public meetings.
The report in The Free press Journal quotes a senior BJP leader as saying that Gandhi would not be accepted in the party to lead the elections in UP as he comes from the Nehru-Gandhi family.
The report by India Today quoted a senior BJP leader that Varun Gandhi represented the Nehru-Gandhi family in the saffron party, and that contradicted the Sangh's ideology.
Sources told India Today that when the BJP in Uttar Pradesh asked Gandhi to explain his visits, he struck a defiant note, saying he would continue to meet the farmers.
Subsequently. the BJP leadership stepped in and told Gandhi not to hold events outside his constituency without prior permission from the party.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, Varun Gandhi, along with Smriti Irani and Yogi Adityanath, is a contender for the BJP's chief ministerial candidate for the high-stakes election in Uttar Pradesh.
First Published On : Jun 9, 2016 15:31 IST