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Varun Gandhi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2009
Preceded byManeka Gandhi
ConstituencyPilibhit, Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
BornFeroze Varun Gandhi
(1980-03-13) 13 March 1980 (age 32)
New Delhi, Delhi
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Yamini Roy Chowdhury
RelationsSanjay Gandhi (father)
Maneka Gandhi (mother)
ResidenceNew Delhi
ReligionHinduism
WebsiteVarun Gandhi
As of 16 May, 2009
Source: [1]
 
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Varun Gandhi
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 May 2009
Preceded byManeka Gandhi
ConstituencyPilibhit, Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
BornFeroze Varun Gandhi
(1980-03-13) 13 March 1980 (age 32)
New Delhi, Delhi
NationalityIndian
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s)Yamini Roy Chowdhury
RelationsSanjay Gandhi (father)
Maneka Gandhi (mother)
ResidenceNew Delhi
ReligionHinduism
WebsiteVarun Gandhi
As of 16 May, 2009
Source: [1]

Feroze Varun Gandhi (born 13 March 1980, Delhi, India) is an Indian politician, he is a member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament of India, representing the Pilibhit constituency. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party National Executive and the youngest National Secretary in the history of the party.[1][2]

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Formative years and education

Varun Gandhi was born in Delhi on 13 March 1980 to Sanjay Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi, he is the grandson of the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi and the great-grandson of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. His father died in a plane crash when he was three months old in June 1980. His grandmother was assassinated when Varun was four years old on 31 October 1984. Indira Gandhi is said to have been very fond of Varun and was greatly distressed when his mother left the household.[3]

Varun attended Rishi Valley School and the British School, New Delhi, where he was elected secretary of the student council. According to a press statement released by Sumantra Bose, Professor of International and Comparative Politics at London School of Economics, Varun completed his bachelor's degree in economics from the London School of Economics via the University of London External System in 2002.[4] He also completed his master's degree in public policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2004 also through correspondence.[citation needed]

Career

The nature of his profession and ideological affiliations, coupled with the inexperience of his age, have invited criticisms about him and his ways.[clarification needed][5] In an interview to Stephen Sackur in BBC's HARDtalk in October 2005, Gandhi answered questions about the reasons behind his political affiliation and defended his father as someone who had helped revive the industrialisation of India by starting Maruti Udyog and whose strategy helped the Congress party's comeback after the first ever non-Congress Janata Dal government following an electoral routing for the Indira Gandhi-government after Emergency, among many other things.[6]

In the 2009 general election, the BJP decided to field Varun Gandhi as its candidate from the Pilibhit constituency instead of his mother Maneka Gandhi.[7] He won the seat by receiving 419,539 votes and defeated his nearest contending candidate, V.M. Singh, by a margin of 281,501 votes.[8][9][10][11][12] The victory was the strongest of any of the four Gandhi family candidates in the election: his mother Maneka Gandhi, aunt Sonia Gandhi and first cousin Rahul Gandhi. The security deposits of all other candidates, including those of V.M. Singh of the Indian National Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Ganga Charan Rajput were forfeited.[13] During election campaign, a controversial speech by him resulted in his judicial custody prior to the election.[14]

Jan Lokpal Bill

In August 2011, Varun Gandhi strongly pitched for the Jan Lokpal Bill. Gandhi offered his official residence to Hazare to hold his fast, after Hazare was denied permission by the government.[15] When Hazare was jailed, Gandhi offered to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.[16] On 24 August, he went to Ramlila Maidan as a common man to support the cause of Anna Hazare, becoming the first politician to openly support the anti-corruption cause.[17]

Personal life

Varun is married to Yamini Roy, daughter of late diplomat Sunil Roy Chowdhury and film enthusiast Dr. Aruna Vasudev.[18][19]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pilibhit Election Result.". indiastudychannel. 13 April 2010. http://www.indiastudychannel.com/india/loksabha/415-Pilibhit.aspx. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Gadkari's new team: Varun chosen as youth icon by the BJP". IBN LIVE. 17 March 2010. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/gadkaris-team-varun-gandhi-chosen-as-youth-icon-of-bjp/111613-37.html. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  3. ^ Indira Gandhi: the last post By Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, Published by Popular Prakashan, 1985
  4. ^ Sitapati, Vinay (30 March 2009). Varun told HC he has degrees from LSE, SOAS; the institutions say he does not. New Delhi: Indian Express. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/varun-told-hc-he-has-degrees-from-lse-soas-the-institutions-say-he-does-not/440606/0.
  5. ^ Express News Service. "Varun Gandhi’s hate-Muslim speech makes his BJP squirm". Express India. http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/varun-gandhis-hatemuslim-speech-makes-his-bjp-squirm/435400/. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  6. ^ Sackur, Stephen (18 October 2005). "Hardtalk". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/4353708.stm.
  7. ^ Bharatiya Janata Party – The Party with a Difference. BJP. Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Varun Gandhi wins from Pilibhit". The Indian Express. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Varun-rant--Modi-fail-to-jack-up-BJP-fortunes/461019. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Varun Gandhi received large chank of votes in 2009 election". Dainik Jagran. http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh/4_1_5473985.html. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Varun Gandhi defeated his opponents in 2009 election". Dainik Jagran. http://in.jagran.yahoo.com/news/local/uttarpradesh/4_1_5473988.html. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  11. ^ "ECI declares Varun Gandhi as Winner from Pilibhit". Election Commission of India. http://eciresults.nic.in/ListofWinningCandidated.pdf. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
  12. ^ "Pilibhit Message of 2009". Khaleej Times. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/opinion/2009/May/opinion_May95.xml&section=opinion&col=. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  13. ^ "1,368 candidates lost security deposits in UP". The Times of India. 24 May 2009. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/1368-candidates-lost-security-deposits-in-UP/articleshow/4571269.cms. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  14. ^ "Varun Gandhi’s hate-Muslim speech makes his BJP squirm". Indian Express. 17 March 2009. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/varun-gandhis-hatemuslim-speech-makes-his/435400/. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Varun offers house to Anna for protests". The Indian Express. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Varun-offers-house-to-Anna-for-protests/828267/. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Varun jumps in, plans to table Anna's bill". The Indian Express. http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Varun-jumps-in--plans-to-table-Anna-s-Bill/832914/. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Varun Gandhi visits Ramlila Ground to support Anna Hazare". The Indian Express. 2011-08-24. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Varun-Gandhi-visits-Ramlila-Ground-to-support-Anna-Hazare/articleshow/9716896.cms. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  18. ^ Varun Gandhi, Yamini Roy tie the knot. India Today (6 March 2011). Retrieved on 9 August 2011.
  19. ^ "7 March 2011". The Tribune, Chandigarh. http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110307/main6.htm. Retrieved 6 August 2011.

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Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Maneka Gandhi
Member for Pilibhit
2009 – present
Incumbent