An interview with a foreign newspaper has again landed Varun Gandhi in a controversy. He reportedly supported forced sterilisation to control population.
In the interview with London's daily Telegraph, Varun advocated the views of his father late Sanjay Gandhi who had ordered forced sterilisation during the imposition of Emergency by Congress.
The remarks have embarrassed the BJP. However, Varun has denied it and clarified that nothing could be forced on citizens in a democracy. He said that he didn't mention reviving any previous mass sterilisation programme.
However, this is the latest controversy Varun has found himself in. He has only recently been out of the jail. He was booked under the National Security Act (NSA) for delivering a 'hate speech' in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh.
It was the policy of forced sterilisation that had turned popular anger against Congress and the subsequent defeat of the party in the 70s. The Janata Party had won the election after the emergency was lifted.
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