BJP member of parliament from Sultanpur, Varun Gandhi, has claimed that he was called up by the Prime Ministers Office when he raised objections about the raise in salaries of MP’s, asking “why are you increasing our troubles?”
During a programme in Sultanpur at Model Women’s College, the MP said, “I repeatedly raise my voice about the increase in salaries of MPs and not giving details of their assets. Employees of every sector get an increase in their wages based on hard work and honesty. But in the last 10 years, MPs have increased their salaries seven times just by raising their hands." "When I raised this issue once, I received a call from the PMO, why are you increasing our troubles?"
He questioned the education system of India and gave examples of several schools in Uttar Pradesh. “In Uttar Pradesh schools, except studies, all programme are held. Religious and marriage functions are organised, after funeral, the rituals are completed on the premises. Children play cricket and leaders deliver speeches in schools."
He later on added that “Today, 40 percent of farmers in the country take land on contract, which is illegal because they do not get any help from the government, neither do they get a loan or compensation if the crop is wasted. In the last 10 years, the input cost for farmers has increased threefold, causing distress which led to suicide by 17,000 farmers in Vidarbha.”
Meanwhile, Varun Gandhi has been reported to be sidelined from the BJP high command due to his critical stand towards BJP’s policy.
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