On Sunday, BJP parliamentarian Varun Gandhi admired Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that he has been the first PM of India to bring as much glory to the nation. At the same time, he has criticized his own family members, including his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, grandmother Indira Gandhi, and uncle Rajiv Gandhi.
Mr. Gandhi was addressing a rally in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh where he claimed that no prime minister in the past had brought as much glory to India as PM Modi had.
“Honestly speaking, some people in my family have been prime ministers too but the kind of prestige PM Modi has brought to India, nobody else has done for the country for a long time. That man is living for the country and he will die for the country. He only thinks about the country,” Varun Gandhi said.
The 39-year-old further claimed, “(Atal Bihari) Vajpayee ji was from a normal family but had never seen abject poverty. Modi ji is from an economically weaker family…In five years, Prime Minister Modi has not a single accusation of corruption. There are no corruption charges on him. For whom would he do corruption when he has no one else in his family.”
Varun Gandhi is the cousin of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. His father Sanjay Gandhi was the younger son of Indira Gandhi; Rahul Gandhi’s father Rajiv Gandhi was his older brother.
In 1980, after Sanjay Gandhi had died in a plane crash, his wife Maneka Gandhi along with her infant son Varun broke away from the family. They both are currently in the BJP.
According to the sources, Varun Gandhi and his mother Maneka Gandhi has exchanged their constituencies to ensure the victory of Varun Gandhi. Maneka will be contesting from Pilbhit while his son will be contesting from Sultanpur constituency.

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