Uttar Pradesh (UP) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Laxmikant Bajpai said Monday that it is too early to comment on Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare Maneka Gandhi's reported suggestion to make her son Varun Gandhi the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
It is correct that if the Bharatiya Janta Party forms a government in Uttar Pradesh, then there will be a definite improvement in the circumstances, the law position will be better and development will also take place," said Bajpai. "But the issue of who will be the chief minister and when the government is to be formed, is too early to talk about. A required decision will be taken at the right time and the concerned body will decide. It is of no use to talk about it at present. Only they can tell what objective they have," he added.
Addressing a public meeting in her parliamentary constituency of Pilibhit, Sunday, Maneka said that it would be better if Uttar Pradesh government was headed by the BJP, and even better if Varun Gandhi was governing the state. She made the remarks while blaming the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party for the slow pace of development in the state.
Maneka said of Varun: "I think he is doing very well. It's his second time as Member of Parliament and he is very comfortable in it. He does a lot of reading. He writes articles for a large number of newspapers. He is a very well informed young man and I am happy with his progress." While the BJP is yet to officially react to her statement, BJP's UP chief Laxmikant Bajpai said, "This (Varun for CM) is Maneka Gandhi's personal opinion, too premature to comment on such issues."
Apparently sensing trouble, Varun himself has played down his mother's comments with media reports quoting him as saying, "It's not my mother's stand, it is a vivid media report." Varun has reasons to worry as his projection as a possible CM candidate may have come a bit early in the race.
A Member of Parliament from Sultanpur, Varun has been active in the party as general secretary and is tipped to find a place in the new team being put in place by Amit Shah. However, given the intense competition for the Chief Minister's chair, it remains to be seen whether Maneka's move to gain early advantage will prove beneficial or backfire.