Monday, March 23, 2009

BJP rejects EC advice on Varun, says he will contest polls


New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) A defiant BJP today today rejected the Election Commission's advice to it not not to nominate Varun Gandhi as candidate in the Lok Sabha elections and threw its full weight behind his candidature in Pilibhit.

The young member of the Gandhi family also put up a defiant posture accusing the EC of acting in "haste" and going beyond its "jurisdiction", "pressurised by political considerations".

The morning after the EC's unprecedented action of recommending to BJP that Varun not be nominated as its candidate in the elections in view of his hate speeches, top leaders of the party met at the residence of senior leader L K Advani and decided to take on the Commission.

"He (Varun) is our candidate. We have turned down the advice (of the EC) because it does not have the right to give such an advice," party spokesman Balbir Punj told reporters after meeting Varun at his residence.

In a no-holds-barred attack on the EC, Punj said the EC does not have the technical knowhow to verify the authenticity of the CD containing the speeches of Varun, which he said should have been done by a neutral expert.

While BJP attacked the EC's decision, the advice was hailed by its ally JD(U) and rivals Congress and Samajwadi Party. Varun also got a piece of advice from his cousin Priyanka who asked him to read the 'Gita' and understand it properly. PTI

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