Mayawati’s millions belong to the poor, asserts Varun

Sitapur (Uttar Pradesh), April 27 (Inditop) Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi Monday launched a scathing attack on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for amassing wealth, while stressing that people should not enter politics on one’s family name.

“When she (Mayawati) contested her first election, she declared assets of only Rs.3 lakh (Rs.300,000). Now she has movable and immovable properties worth over Rs.300 crore (Rs.3 billion). Whose wealth is this? It belongs to the poor and helpless,” Varun Gandhi said at a rally here.

The BJP leader, who is seeking to be elected to the Lok Sabha from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, had Sunday said that he did not want to be known by his Gandhi name but for his work. Monday he added that people keen to enter politics should not think of doing so on his or her family name.

“Public servants, politicians to be precise, should enter politics on their own and seek votes on the work they have done for the public,” he said.

Varun Gandhi, who has been campaigning in the state for the past few days, also addressed a rally in the state’s Bahraich district Monday and called upon people to “strengthen nationalism” and wage a war against casteism.

“Under no circumstances, should nationalism weaken in the state. You all must work in unity for ensuring the same,” he said.

“The poison of casteism is slowly and gradually finishing the wave of nationalism. To combat, you should come forward and fight jointly,” he added.

Varun Gandhi, who was campaigning for BJP candidate Akshaywar Lal Gaur in Bahraich, some 270 km from Lucknow, said he came to the district at the behest of a pharmacist he met in Etah jail.

“When I was in jail, a pharmacist belonging to Bahraich wanted me to visit his district to see the development work carried out by Akshaywar Lal. So I made up my mind to visit Bahraich for campaigning and here I am today,” he said at the rally.

Varun Gandhi was jailed and charged under the stringent National Security Act for his reported hate speeches targeting Muslims. He was released April 16 on a two-week parole after spending nearly 20 days in jail.