Contrary to his party's new chief Nitin Gadkari's campaign for development, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi said on Saturday that the party workers should not forget the core issues of the party.
"Price rise is an issue alright, but we should not forget what our party was formed for. We should not compromise on our self-respect," he said while addressing a rally of thousands at Shikarpur in Uttar Pradesh.
"If we don't fight for our self-respect, the Ganga (river), Gau mata (cow), the youth and our temples, then everything else will fall apart," he added.
He said that he has constructed around 200 temples in his constituency, Pilibhit, with his own money.
Even as slogans of "Jai Shri Ram" raged on, Gandhi said: "I will ensure that no cow slaughter takes place here and if you hear of any such case, you can call me anytime and I will be there. We will get our hands cut off, but won't let any cow get slaughtered".
Gandhi had criminal cases registered against him for making anti-Muslim remarks in an election rally in Pilibhit in March last year.