Maneka was reported as saying that what Varun said on Tuesday night was ‘wrong’.

“What Varun Gandhi has said is wrong. I have been to Amethi. He should not speak before verifying the facts,” she said.

"He is an innocent person...his heart is clean...He would have asked about the work done in Amethi on which he would have said whatever happened there is good. In Amethi expected works have not taken place in past 45 years,” she added.

Addressing a group of teachers in Sultanpur on Tuesday night, the BJP candidate from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat said Rahul is doing good work through his self-help groups for ameliorating the status of women in his parliamentary constituency Amethi and added that he would like to do the same in the district.

He, however, later clarified that his comments should not be seen as an endorsement of any political party or candidate.

"It should not be seen as an endorsement of any political party or candidate," Varun tweeted.

"My comment, last night, in a meeting with teachers and NGOs, in response to being asked whether I knew about initiatives in Amethi, was that although I had not seen the work done via self help groups in Amethi, I had heard it was fairly decent, and that I would stress on empowering people towards being self-reliant," he added in his tweet.


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