He may have set tongues wagging when he said BJP party president Rajnath Singh embodied all the qualities of former BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but while Varun Gandhi may not be as vocal in his support for Narendra Modi as others in his party, he's definitely not opposing the Gujarat chief minister's ascent.
In an interview to the Economic Times today, the BJP MP from Pilibhit says it isn't a bad thing if people have strong reactions to the emergence on Modi on the national stage.
"If, as you say, people have strong reactions to Narendra Modi, I consider that a very positive sign because you only feel strongly about someone that you believe matters. I think it is a credit to Narendra Modi that he has become central to the political debate and is regarded by many as a symbol of hope." Gandhi said.
The party general secretary, who's hoping his kaam (work) and not his naam will carry him forward as he aims to become a heavyweight in Uttar Pradesh politics, also doesn't seem to mind the possible shift in constituency to Sultanpur, his father's constituency.
However, the symbolism of the shift would be greater given he would be just a constituency away from Congress strongholds Raebareli and Amethi where other Gandhi family members hold sway.
And while Arvind Kejriwal may accuse the Congress and BJP of being in the same boat when it comes to corruption, Varun believes the party can take on the Congress with an anti-corruption campaign.
First Published On : May 14, 2013 10:52 IST