Gandhi vs Gandhi: Battle royal begins

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The gloves are off. The blood is thicker than water but ideological war is sacrosanct in this ongoing 16th Lok Sabha election. Priyanka Gandhi has decided to entangle her estranged cousin and the BJP’s general secretary Varun Gandhi in war of words. Today Varun Gandhi – a sitting MP from Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh – filed his nomination papers from Sultanpur and grabbed the headlines.

Priyanka Gandhi had already asked people to teach Varun Gandhi a lesson who, according to her, has gone astray. To this Varun Gandhi shot back by saying she had crossed all Lakshman Rekhas of decency. But Priyanka Gandhi is in no mood to relent. She has gone a step further by proclaiming that this election is an ideological war and not a tea party and she wouldn’t even forgive her children if they had done what Varun Gandhi did.

Varun Gandhi is under attack from her own cousins whose party is going to put its worst ever performance in this Lok Sabha election. According to the latest opinion polls, the Congress is going to win less than hundred seats. Where Varun Gandhi’s BJP-led NDA is going to get the magic number comfortably. The results are a month away but the nervousness is palpable in the Congress’ camp.

Varun Gandhi has fought the elections in the past. He has got supporters too not because of his Gandhi surname but his brand of politics had endeared him to many people in his constituency. This time around he has come across as a seasoned campaigner who has refrained from any kind of rhetoric that can be termed as communal. His party’s fortunes are on the rise thanks to its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ever soaring popularity. As a result, Varun Gandhi will obviously do well in Sultanpur.

On the other hand, his cousin Rahul Gandhi is up against Smriti Irani of the BJP and Kumar Vishwas of the Aam Aadmi Party in his bastion Amethi. He is clearly battling sever anti-incumbency. Smriti Irani is a Indian house wife next door who does not deserve the tag of an outsider in Amethi. If this was not enough, Kumar Vishwas of the Aam Aadmi Party too is throwing open challenges to Rahul Gandhi. In hindsight, the battle for Amethi looks dicey for Rahul Gandhi. Smriti Irani has an upper hand and this is what is making the sister Priyanka Gandhi nervous.

She is foolishly thinking that by attacking her estranged cousin who is contesting this election on a BJP ticket, she will be able to improve her brother Rahul Gandhi’s chances of winning the Amethi seat. Her invocation of ideologies at this juncture is a tad too late. Her party has joined hands with Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid to get secular votes. The observers have termed this desperation of the Congress as communal in nature.

Varun Gandhi has not said anything communal in nature in the election so far. He is fighting to win this election so that he gets a prominent national role when Narendra Modi forms the government. It is wrong on Priyanka Gandhi’s part to target Varun Gandhi in this manner. Varun Gandhi will remain unruffled if this continues but the nation will have occasions to have hearty laughs at Priyanka Gandhi’s childish and immature jibes at her cousin.

  • Satish Chandra


    (April 15 ‘14) Bharatiya Janata Party is a Goonda Party which chases a Goonda (Modi) instead of worshipping this Avatar who can make India the supreme military and economic power in the world immediately (see below); it must be destroyed.

    (April 9 ‘14) Azam Khan says India’s Muslim soldiers won the Kargil war for India. I have said for years that the Kargil war was started by Pakistan’s army chief Musharraf on the CIA’s orders to make Vajpayee win the election that was pending after he had lost a vote of confidence as prime minister; that Hindu-Muslim conflict before 1947 was created and managed by the Intelligence Bureau leading to the partition of the country and its Indian and Pakistani successors (RAW & ISI which cooperated in the Kargil war & terror attacks such as the November 26, 2008 attack on Mumbai, etc.) continue to do so after 1947.

    (April 4-6 ‘14) The opinions and votes of India’s slave population suffering from mass-psychosis (below) do not matter; only nuclear weapons matter — to simultaneously destroy Washington, New York, RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed, with nuclear warheads already emplaced in them, if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. In a letter dated July 27, 1982 to Indira Gandhi as prime minister I referred to an act, by American Jews, that was “the equivalent of an annihilatory nuclear first strike on India”. In her reply dated July 29, 1982 she wrote “Dear Mr. Chandra, I have received your letter dated July 27, 1982 and am passing it on to my Principal Secretary to deal with it. Sincerely, Indira Gandhi”. In December, 1982 I wrote to her “There was sudden, terminal, overwhelming violence against me during a seminar at Harvard University and rather similar occurrences earlier… India can expect sudden, annihilatory violence … with nuclear weapons … against its population … unless it can mount a decisively superior force to stop it”. Following my advice, India’s strategic program, including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and the Centre for Advanced Technology, was started to give India victory in a nuclear war with the United States and because of my influence on her, Indira Gandhi as prime minister was assassinated by CIA-RAW and later when Rajiv Gandhi realized the truth of what I had written to her after the American invasion of Iraq which was the first Gulf War, he was also assassinated by CIA-RAW. In the past few years, I have had India’s nuclear forces emplace nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities and India is now in a position to destroy the United States without being destroyed. In fact, India is in a position now to destroy the United States without itself suffering a single casualty by triggering its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington and New York with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be similarly destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. Note that Vajpayee could not have done that because of his relationship with the CIA which brought and kept him in office. The same is the case with all other Indian politicians because of their participation in the CIA’s crimes against me which the CIA can threaten to expose.

    This is what I said when asked if India is just a pawn. “Yes, it is a pawn, a slave, a society suffering from mass-psychosis. Despite the recent revelations about M. K. Gandhi being a homosexual who reveled in his “slavery with a vengeance” to the white man, who engaged in a fake ‘freedom struggle” with the British managed by the Intelligence Bureau, the entire Indian government went to his memorial on his death anniversary this January 30, 2012 to pay tribute. India is a very sick society. (I had urged that all his portraits in government offices, etc. be burned). … By saying that India is suffering from mass-psychosis, I am being generous and kind of giving it the excuse of being ill (of the several hats I wear, I am also a mental health professional) but a country of 1.2 billion people being so terrified of much smaller numbers of people from half way around the world cannot really be excused. … ” (see RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom ).

    (The above is about one-sixth of my comment; the full comment can be found at IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom ).

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