Varun plays to Hindutva gallery after promotion by BJP

Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 18:57

Saharanpur: Playing to the Hindutva
gallery, newly-appointed BJP secretary Varun Gandhi on Monday
demanded a ban on cow slaughter and vowed to give UP Chief
Minister Mayawati, who had jailed him for his hate speeches
against Muslims, the same treatment meted out to him.

"If somebody attacks my mother, would I not stand in
front of her to protect her? Cow-slaughter is not only a
social crime it is also a criminal act but not a single case
has been filed," Varun said at a rally here.

"Why are we silent on this issue?" he added, while
urging the crowd to put their hands up in support of the
cause.

Spewing venom against Mayawati, the Pilibhit MP said
her government had money only for garlands and installing
statues and not for the poor.

"Malawatiji....It is very difficult to understand
whether it is Malawati or Mayawati," Varun said ridiculing the
BSP leader over the money garland issue.

"She gave me so much respect during the elections. When
our time comes we will give her even more respect," the
30-year-old BJP leader said.

Varun has had a running feud with the BSP supremo
since she slapped the stringent National Security Act against
him for making hate speeches during the last Lok Sabha
elections and jailed him. However, it was later revoked.

Referring to the stampede in Kripalu Maharaj`s ashram
in Pratapgarh in which 65 people were killed, he said, "there
is money for Rs 5-Crore, Rs 10-Crore garlands but when it
comes to giving compensation the government says it has no
money. It has done `murtikaran` (filled the city with
Mayawati`s statues) of Lucknow."

Raising the issue of Bareilly riots, Varun wondered
if the violence was a "well-thought out game-plan" of the
Mayawati regime.

He also criticised the Uttar Pradesh administration
for arresting his mother and Aonla MP Maneka Gandhi when she
tried to meet the riot-affected in the district.

"I am totally against communalism. But why were they
(Muslims) given permission to take out a procession on Holi
when it is well-known how people celebrate this festival with
such fervour," Varun said.

He asserted that during the Lok Sabha elections he
had not given a communal slogan when he said "we can get
beheaded but would not bow our heads".

"To give the fight for self-respect a communal colour is
not correct," he said.

Varun also mentioned the need to respect Ganga river,
an issue dear to the RSS and the Sangh Parivar.

He ended his speech with the slogan of "Jai Shri
Ram".

"I want to inspire one lakh Varuns in the country," he
said, adding, he was in politics to serve and had no love for
any post or power.

The Pilibhit MP has been trying to revive the BJP in
Uttar Pradesh and today`s rally was a part of the exercise. He
has already held rallies in Sultanpur and Bulandshahr earlier.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 18:57

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