Points Of Departure
- Varun Gandhi has vowed not to badmouth his aunt Sonia, or cousins Rahul and Priyanka
- He was quoted as saying Modi’s rally in Calcutta in 2014 drew fewer people than claimed
- He has taken an ideological U-turn since his Hindutva-laden “hate speeches”
When Feroze Varun Gandhi wrote a congratulatory note to each of the 1,07,452 village pradhans elected in Uttar Pradesh in January this year, it didn’t come as a surprise. Son of Sanjay Gandhi, the BJP MP from Sultanpur had been barnstorming the state for some time, holding farmer-outreach programmes among other exercises, with an eye on the main chance. And his followers had created a social media campaign promoting the idea of projecting the party’s “most popular face” in UP as its CM candidate.