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Varun is Well-Versed with Issues, Rahul is Kid: Shourie

Varun is Well-Versed with Issues, Rahul is Kid: Shourie

Publication: Outlook
Date: April 4, 2009
URL: http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?657432

Senior BJP leader and former union minister Arun Shourie today said that Varun Gandhi, currently lodged in Etah jail and facing serious charges for his alleged hate speech against Muslims, understood "issues" better than his elder cousin and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

"Varun is well-versed with issues related to people. Rahul (Gandhi) is an 'innocent kid'," Shourie said.

"Rahul is like " an innocent kid" and he should not be thrust upon with the responsibility to run the nation with a population of more than 100 crore," he told reporters here.

He said that Rahul was a good person but his study and stance on issues like Indo-US nuclear deal, China and ISI was not known.

Political leaders should be gauged from their understandings of the issues, the senior BJP leader said.

When asked that the BJP has gone back to the temple issue in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections, he said that two blunders had been overcome in last 60 years - firstly, new economic policy has prevailed over socialism, and the pseudo-secularism has been unmasked.

He said that the credit of replacing the blunder of socialism with new economic policy goes to former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, while that of the second one goes to BJP leader who took out a 'Rath Yatra' on the temple issue.

The leader outrightly denied that the BJP had adopted double standards over the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhaya.

BJP's stand was clear on the temple issue, it wants that the two communities should solve it by a dialogue, or by a court order or by a law passed in Parliament, he said.

On global economic downtrun, Shourie said UPA government has failed on economic front, adding that the NDA has a better strategy to overcome global economic slow down and inflation.

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