Varun April 3 praised his estranged cousin Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leader quickly lapped up the praise, leaving the BJP embarrassed after which he changed tack and said it should not be seen as an endorsement of any political party or candidate.
Varun, who is the BJP's youth face in Uttar Pradesh, had created a flutter when he had said that Rahul is doing good work through his self-help groups for ameliorating the status of women in his parliamentary constituency Amethi and added that he would like to do the same in Sultanpur district. He had also stated that there was a need to work like Rahul through self-help groups for amelioration of women. Varun's appreciation of Rahul came while he was addressing a group of teachers in Sultanpur on April 1 night. He is the BJP candidate from Sultanpur for the Lok Sabha poll. Asked about Varun's praise, Rahul said, "Varun sahi kah rahe hain" (What Varun is saying is right). "We have been working continuously in Amethi according to a strategy... we have laid foundation of education hub.. done work for farmers .... got a food park... what Varun is saying is right," he had said.
Caught in a piquant situation, Varun later took to Twitter to issue a clarification to say his comments should not be seen as an endorsement of any political party or candidate. (Agencies)