Pilibhit: It is not just BJP which is celebrating Varun Gandhi’s release on parole from jail, but also his political opponents, though for another reason — the freedom will “end sympathies for him in the constituency”.
United in its opinion on Varun, SP, BSP and Congress, said the saffron party would not be able to cash in on the sympathy wave generated for the BJP leader as his abrupt release would actually lead to the waning of the “pro-Varun euphoria”.
“We welcome his release from jail as they (BJP) will not get the sympathy vote. Earlier, some people could have voted for him after he was jailed but now even they will not vote for him,” SP’s candidate from Pilibhit Riaz Ahmad told PTI.
Varun’s BSP rival Buddhasen Verma also echoed the same views on the release.
“He could have got sympathy votes if he had remained in jail, but there will be no such thing now,” he said.
Congress candidate V M Singh said, ”With Varun in jail, BJP would not have had to answer people’s question about the work done for Pilibhit by his mother and he could have got some votes in sympathy. Now, he will stand exposed in front of people as Maneka has done nothing for the people here in the last 20 years.”
Varun Gandhi was released from Etah jail on April 16 after he surrendered on 28 March and later booked under the National Security Act (NSA) by the Mayawati government for his alleged hate speeches.
But Varun’s close aide and Pilibhit BJP head Yogesh Gangwar contested opposition claims and said, “We were not hoping for any sympathy from people to win the polls in the first place. We are fighting the elections on planks such as terrorism, security and local development.”
“People have always and will continue supporting him and his mother and that support would be visible in large crowds that are expected to gather in Pilibhit when Varun goes to file his nomination on 22 April,” he claimed.