New Delhi: BJP leaders Maneka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi were out of a top panel of the BJP after the latter posted videos of Lakhimpur Kheri on social media.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Thursday reconstituted the party’s national executive committee dropping Maneka and Varun Gandhi from the 80-member panel.
According to the list issued by the BJP general secretary Arun Singh, 80 leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, veteran leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former national president Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, and Nitin Gadkari have been nominated in the new committee.
Besides these 80 leaders, 50 leaders have been included as special invitees and 179 leaders as permanent invitees (ex-officio) have been included in the party’s national working committee, including Chief Ministers from the BJP, Deputy Chief Minister, MLAs in various Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Councils.
While Varun Gandhi is the member of Lok Sabha from Pilibhit, Maneka Gandhi represents Sultanpur in the Lower House.
The mother-son duo was excluded in the list after Varun took to Twitter reacting to violence in Lakhimpur Kheri of Uttar Pradesh seeking justice for farmers, who were allegedly run over by vehicles during protest.
The video is crystal clear. Protestors cannot be silenced through murder. There has to be accountability for the innocent blood of farmers that has been spilled and justice must be delivered before a message of arrogance and cruelty enters the minds of every farmer. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Z6NLCfuujK
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) October 7, 2021
Earlier, he had tweeted a video showing vehicles running over farmers in Lakhimpur Kehri.
लखीमपुर खीरी में किसानों को गाड़ियों से जानबूझकर कुचलने का यह वीडियो किसी की भी आत्मा को झखझोर देगा।
पुलिस इस वीडियो का संज्ञान लेकर इन गाड़ियों के मालिकों, इनमें बैठे लोगों, और इस प्रकरण में संलिप्त अन्य व्यक्तियों को चिन्हित कर तत्काल गिरफ्तार करे।
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) October 5, 2021