Communal remarks allegedly made by BJP candidate from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, came in for criticism from the Congress on Monday, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi while condemning the remarks said that the pronouncements came as no surprise.
Varun, grandson of late prime minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, was estranged from the family after his father Sanjay Gandhi’s untimely death in an air-crash in New Delhi.
His mother Maneka Gandhi is a five-time parliamentarian from the area and a known animal rights activist and Varun’s stark oratorical style in Pilibhit has left many shocked.
“All the Hindus stay on this side and send the others to Pakistan,” was one of the statements Varun allegedly made, while several others were not deemed fit for publication.
“It is condemnable…. he (Varun) is associated with a party which has this ideology (anti-minority) and culture,” Singhvi was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Varun has been put on notice by election authorities for his alleged communal speeches at sammelans in Pilibhit, in his response to allegations the young leader has chosen to plead not guilty.
Responding to queries on if the Congress was surprised by the stark communal oratory, Singhvi simply said: “Why should we be surprised as the BJP has this ideology and culture.”