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The BJP’s Gandhian Dilemma

Politics is in his blood—the blood of a family his party’s top men love to hate. The cutting-to-size was waiting to happen.

The BJP’s Gandhian Dilemma Photograph by Narendra Bisht

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”

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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.

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