The Hush Post: On a day when Rahul Gandhi was taking over the reins of the Congress party from his mother, his cousin brother Varun Gandhi was voicing his views on dynastic politics somewhere else. Speaking at a seminar in Hyderabad the same day, Varun said, “The fact is that a young person from a humble background, even if he has the talent and leadership qualities, cannot come into politics unless his father or godfather is someone worthy.” The ‘Gandhi surname helped me become a two-time Lok Sabha member at a young age, said the BJP MP from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. “Today, I have come to you and you all are listening to me. But the fact is if there was no Gandhi in my name, probably I would not have become a two-time MP at a young age and you would not have come here to listen to me,” he said. He lamented that many talented youngsters are unable to join and shine in politics as they do not have influential fathers and godfathers.
Talking about the woes of the common man and the farmers, he said that many farmers or common people in the county have to go to jails for payment default, whereas rich people, who owe crores of rupees to banks, are conducting lavish marriages of their children.
“As long as there is no uniform justice in this country, we will not be able to see the India that we are dreaming of,” he said. There is still a lot of inequality among people, Gandhi said. Cricketer Mithali Raj also spoke at the seminar.