Emotional note from the ousted MP

It is worth noting here that despite the BJP’s decision to not field him in the upcoming elections, Varun reiterated his unwavering loyalty and affection for Pilibhit, asserting, “The relationship between Pilibhit and me is one of love and trust.” 

He won the Pilibhit seat twice previously, first in 2009 then in 2019. He won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Sultanpur.

Political observers say Varun’s absence from the BJP’s candidate list marks a significant departure, particularly considering his family’s longstanding connection to the constituency. His mother Maneka Gandhi, a prominent environmental activist and former Union minister, has also represented Pilibhit, but has been fielded by the BJP from Sultanpur this time.

UP watchers say Varun paid the price for criticising the Modi and Yogi governments publicly, especially on farm laws, the Agniveer scheme, unemployment, and the series of paper leaks in the state.

Interestingly, the BJP has fielded former Congress leader Jitin Prasada, who is considered a weaker candidate in Pilibhit this time.

Though Varun’s political future remains uncertain, prompting speculation about his potential alignment with other parties, including the Congress, it is also being said that he will be rewarded [for his loyalty] by the saffron party in the future.

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