PM calls Varun Gandhi’s remarks ‘unfortunate’

March 19th, 2009 - 8:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said it was”unfortunate” if Varun Gandhi made hate speeches that have drawn strong reactions across the nation.
Talking to reporters at the Defence Investiture Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the prime minister said: “It is unfortunate if Varun Gandhi had made these comments.”

Varun Gandhi, 29, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Pilibhit, is in a midst of a raging controversy over his alleged hate speech against Muslims.

So much that BJP said it was “distancing and disassociating” itself from the comments attributed to the “other” Gandhi scion.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony, the prime minister said: “The third front is our rival. It should not be underestimated.”

“The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) will win and I am confident that people will vote for UPA,” he added.

Manmohan Singh, who is recovering after a cardiac surgery Jan 24, said: “I am fine and will campaign for the polls.”

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