Varun Gandhi, who made news during the 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign for his hate speech against the minorities, seems to be desperately trying to project himself as a youth leader a la Rahul Gandhi.

On the way from the airport to the city, where the BJP’s three-day conclave got under way on Wednesday, any number of taxis could be seen carrying his posters — wearing a fiery saffron pare (turban) and proclaiming him as Vartman ki Awaz, Bhavishya ka agaaz, Yuva hriday Samrat Varun Gandhi (The voice of the present, the hope of the future, conqueror of the hearts of the youth, Varun Gandhi). The posters seem to have been designed to reinforce the buzz that he is trying to become president of the BJP youth wing, Yuva Morcha. How this will play out remains to be seen.

Party president Nitin Gadkari has let it be known that he hopes to reorganise his team of office-bearers and other party committees and morchas by mid-March, when the ongoing organisational elections will also be completed.

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