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Varun's speech surprised me: Rahul Gandhi

Taking on cousin Varun Gandhi's anti-Muslim speeches, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that he was surprised by Varun's comments.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2009 17:10 IST

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday brushed aside attempts to draw him into making statements on his cousin Varun Gandhi's hate speeches but said he would not allow "hatred and anger" to prevail over him.

"I have been taught since I have been small that hatred and anger can blind you. I do get angry. But I try to sort of lose that emotion. That is what I have been told and that is how I have been brought up," he told a press conference in Puducherry.

When reporters sought his comments on Varun's controversial speeches in Pilibhit, Rahul said " These are his views. I have my views. My views are you should not cary hatred and anger with you. I was surprised by Varun's views. But life is full of surprises."

He said he would not like to dwell on this episode more and his sister has already said something on this.

First Published: Mar 25, 2009 16:16 IST