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Maneka Gandhi projects son Varun as potential UP CM

Pitching her son as the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, BJP leader and Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Monday said that her son Varun Gandhi can lead the state towards development.

Maneka's projection of her son and Lok Sabha member from Sultanpur Varun Gandhi as a potential chief ministerial candidate of Uttar Pradesh has not gone down well with some senior BJP leaders from the state. BJP's state unit president Laxmikant Bajpai said that the comments made by Maneka were her personal view.

"The Samajwadi Party government is stalling development work in this area. Mulayam Singh Yadav is punishing people for electing the BJP. It would have been better if we had a BJP government in the state. Then we would have got development work done with full authority. It would have been even better if Varun Gandhi led that government in the state," Gandhi had said at a public gathering in her constituency Pilibhit.

Bajpai responded saying: "It is too early to talk about such things," Bajpai said on Monday, referring to the state polls slated for 2017. Only the top leadership of the party will decide on such issues whether to have a CM candidate or not." Varun is the youngest general secretary to be appointed by the BJP.

Meanwhile, some reports claimed on Monday that Congress may appoint Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the party's in-charge of UP in order to revive the fortune of the party in the state. The Congress had won just two Lok Sabha seats out of 80 in the recently concluded General Elections.

Political observers maintain that the appointment of Priyanka may force BJP to give a senior post to Varun in order to neutralize the Gandhi factor.