01 August, 2021

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.

Photograph by Narendra Bisht
The BJP’s Gandhian Dilemma

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”


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.

Various surveys too—conducted for ETV, India Today, Amar Ujala and ABP by different...

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