Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi on Friday praised India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, saying it was the responsibility of the youth to understand that the Congress member sacrificed his life.
Addressing participants at a youth conclave here, the MP from Sultanpur talked about his great grandfather: "People think that Nehru became the first prime minister and lived a lavish life like a king, full of comfort and luxury. What they do not know is Nehru spent 15 and half years in jail to achieve that.”
"If today someone puts me in jail and says that after 15 years we will make you the PM, I will say, 'pardon me; it is too taxing','' The Times of India quoted Gandhi as saying.
He further said that the youth has the responsibility to understand that Nehru sacrificed his life, family and "bore wounds on his body'' to free India.
The son of Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi also raised the issue of the threat to freedom of speech.
"One of the biggest newspapers is without advertisements for past one year because a particular state government did not want to give ads to it. I do not want to name anyone. And remember, this newspaper is the biggest in the state," he said.
He further said that it was because of his Gandhi surname that he could rise in politics. "My name is Feroze Varun Gandhi, if my name would have been Feroze Varun Ahmed, or Tiwari, or Singh, or Prasad, I would have also been an audience like you,'' he said.
He further underlined the need to have fresh faces in politics.