Varun trying to gain lost ground

mp-varun-gandhiWith image badly dented, Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday came out with a two-page long response to the allegation about him leaking classified defence information to arms manufacturers, saying there is “not one grain of truth or shred of evidence” against him.

In a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office last month, a US-based lawyer, C Edmonds Allen, claimed that controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma “blackmailed” Gandhi into sharing sensitive information of the defence consultative committee on crucial military deals.

In response, the BJP MP wrote a detailed, seven-point letter addressed to “fellow countrymen”, written in English, claiming that parliamentary records would show that he never attended any meeting of the defence consultative committee and very few of the standing committee. I never met the person Edmonds Allen too, he pointed out.

“Clearly, I was neither actively seeking out or passing on any information. Had there been any hidden agenda or motivation as alleged in the letter, it would have been reflected in my attendance,” Gandhi said.

However, Gandhi, in his letter, did not respond to the allegations that he was honey-trapped.

As a first time opposition MP, he claimed he could not, and did not, have any access to any sensitive defence information. “So the question of being allegedly coerced into revealing anything does not arise,” Gandhi said.

The BJP leader claimed he and his family were deeply traumatised by these “lies” and he was taking legal recourse against those who have sought to tarnish his reputation and public standing. “In public life, one learns to take criticism and detractor in one’s stride. However all criticism must be based on some fact. In this instance there is not one grain of truth or one shred of evidence,” he said in the open letter. “Here, I simply wanted to share the truth without delay so that such mischief is nipped in the bud.”

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