Speculations are high in the BJP camp on the possibility of a reunion between the two estranged Gandhi family i.e. Maneka Gandhi’s family and Sonia Gandhi’s family.
While the demand for sacking Maharashtra’s Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, for the killing of man-eater tigress ,Avni, by the MWCD (Women and Child Development) Minister Maneka Gandhi have said to not go down well with the high command of the BJP, the Congress President , who happened to be her nephew, have spoken out against the killing of Avni.
Coomi Kapoor, in her recent Indian Express column, have written on the possibility of a reunion. With the former Congress President’s recent attendance of a women ‘s function organized by her sister-in-law’s Ministry and the present Congress Presisent, speaking out against the killing of tigress, Avni, by quoting, Mahatma Gandhi, that ‘A nation is judged by the way it treats its animals’, it is said that BJP are suspicious of a reunion between the two feuding Gandhi family.
Giving instances of the 2017 Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh, Coomi Kapoor, author of the book, ‘Emergency ‘ pointed out that Varun Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi ‘s son, wasn’t asked to campaign during the election and had completely distanced himself from the party high-command.
Maneka Gandhi left the Congress’ fold, after the death of her husband, Sanjay Gandhi. She, later, joined politics as an independent candidate and , afterwards, joined the BJP along with her son, Varun Gandhi. Her husband,Sanjay Gandhi, was said to be the heir apparent and the right hand man of his mother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.