PMO to Varun Gandhi: Why are you increasing our troubles?
BJP lawmaker and Gandhi scion Varun Gandhi embarrassed his party on Tuesday when he raised objections to the hike salaries of the Member of Parliaments. According to him, he received a call from the PMO asking “why are you increasing our troubles?”
Varun Gandhi, during a programme in Bhiwani’s Model Women’s college made the statement. “I repeatedly raise my voice about the increase in salaries of MPs and not giving details of their assets. Employees of every sector get 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,” the Sultanpur MP was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“When I raised this issue once, I received a call from the PMO,” he said. “Why are you increasing our troubles?” I was asked, he was quoted by PTI.
Varun Gandhi also questioned the education system of India by furnishing examples of Uttar Pradesh schools. “In Uttar Pradesh schools, except studies, all programs are held. Religious and marriage functions are organised, after funeral, the rituals are completed on its premises. Children play cricket and leaders deliver speeches in schools,” Varun Gandhi said.
“Every year Rs 3 lakh crore is spent on education, but 89 per cent of that money is spent on buildings, which cannot be called education. Today, 40 per cent 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,” he was quoted.