Senior BJP leader and former union minister Arun Shourie on Saturday 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 in Indore.
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.