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Varun Gandhi’s government-critical writings may have cost him Pilibhit ticket: Maneka Gandhi

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Maneka Gandhi said on Saturday that her son Varun Gandhi’s writings, which were sometimes critical of the government, could have influenced He lost Lok Sabha party ticket from Pilibhit But claimed he would do just fine without it.

In an exclusive interview PTI The former Union minister and BJP candidate from Sultanpur also said at her residence in Sultanpur that Varun Gandhi wants to come and campaign for her but a decision is yet to be taken.

2024 Lok Sabha Elections Update, May 11

The Sultanpur seat in Uttar Pradesh will go to polls on May 25 in the sixth round of the seven-phase general election. The first phase of voting will be held on April 19 in Pilibhit.

If she felt sad as a mother when Varun Gandhi was denied a ticket, Maneka Gandhi said, “I can’t say I am happy, but I am sure Varun will do well even without a ticket.” Asked about Pilibit’s call to say he should be sent from there this time too, she said: “Yes, he should go there, but the party has made a decision and that’s it.

On whether Varun Gandhi will turn to Sultanpur in future as he did before or is Pilibhit his ‘karmabhumi‘Now, of course, Pilibhit, India is his karmabhoomi, let him start over,’ Maneka Gandhi said, when asked whether his articles on certain subjects critical of the government had cost him When asked about the ticket, she said, “I can’t think of any other reason.” On whether Varun Gandhi will campaign for her in Sultanpur, Maneka Gandhi said he was happy to come and had been asking to come, ” But we haven’t decided yet.” “I don’t want everyone to go through this,” she added.

The eight-term congressman also claimed she only spoke about local issues during the election.

“It’s just about what’s been done and what’s going to be done because that interests people more than national issues,” she told us PTI.

How she ranks this time compared to last time when she won by over 14,000 votes, she said: “I’ve settled in, the election seems to be going well and hopefully we can do better.” Speaking about her late husband Sanjay “Our family is remembered and he is remembered by many”, she said of Gandhi’s development work in the region and his huge impact on people’s minds.

When asked about the Ram temple being a dominant theme in the BJP narrative in Uttar Pradesh, she said that in Sultanpur, despite its proximity to Ayodhya, perhaps it was less important.

“People are very happy about the Ayodhya temple but it is not part of the electoral narrative. It may be in everyone’s mind but it is not part of the verbal narrative,” the former Union minister said.

Maneka Gandhi also slammed Congressional Leader Sam Pitroda to solve the estate tax problem.

“It was inappropriate for him to raise the issue. Sitting in America, if you are a responsible member of your own party, you can’t really speak out. Personally, I am completely opposed to the estate tax,” she said.

Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi Opinions on the issue of “wealth redistribution”“I think he was just reacting to what Pitroda said,” the BJP leader said. Speaking about government programs making an impact on the ground, Maneka Gandhi said providing rations to people was a sure thing It helps, that’s one of the most wonderful things.

Asked about the BJP’s stance after three phases of the Lok Sabha polls, Ms Gandhi said she had not conducted any analysis as she had been working on her seat, which goes to polls on May 25.

Asked whether the BJP’s target of winning over 400 seats for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and 370 seats for itself was realistic, Gandhi said, “It seems so, otherwise they wouldn’t have said that.” When Asked whether she would serve as a minister again if the NDA returns to power, Maneka Gandhi said, “I don’t know, I am not the one who takes these decisions.” When asked about any unfulfilled ambitions , she says she has many ambitions, but in the field of animal welfare.

On predictions about her seat and the vote margin she is concerned about, Ms Gandhi said: “I don’t make predictions. We will win the seat, but by how much, I don’t know.” Bhadra Singh, who secured 4 in Sultanpur , 44,670 votes.

This time her opponent is Ram Bhual Nishad of the Samajwadi Party.

The BJP has fielded Uttar Pradesh Public Works Minister Jitin Prasada from Pilibhit to replace Varun Gandhi, who has been outspoken against his own government on inflation and unemployment issues. .

After being denied a ticket from the Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat, BJP MP Varun Gandhi also wrote an emotional letter to the people of the constituency, in which he claimed that his relationship with them will remain intact till The last moments of his life.

Since 1996, the Pilibhit seat has been reserved by Maneka Gandhi or her son.

Maneka Gandhi won the Janata Dal constituency in 1989, lost in 1991 and won again in 1996. The constituency wins. She won the seat in 2004 and 2014 as a BJP candidate. Varun Gandhi won the seat as a BJP candidate in 2009 and 2019.

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