BJP Acts Against Varun Gandhi After His Tweets On Farmers Run Over
Varun Gandhi and his mother Maneka Gandhi have been expelled from the top BJP body following his tweets criticising the massacre of farmers in Uttar Pradesh.
Varun Gandhi and his mother Maneka Gandhi were removed from the new list of the 80-member BJP national leadership released today, following a flurry of tweets by the BJP MP criticising the events in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. The party dismissed the omission, claiming that such reshuffles are a "regular exercise." Varun Gandhi was the only BJP leader to raise the issue, which involves the murder of the son of a BJP Union minister.
Ashish Mishra, the son of BJP's junior home minister Ajay Mishra, has not been questioned or arrested. "In their place, several top officials from the University of Pennsylvania have joined the council. At the very least, there are ten. They had to have outlived their usefulness or relevance. We've witnessed the son's words on several occasions. After all, it is the party's decision," a senior BJP politician from Uttar Pradesh told news agency.
Other leaders admitted that the Pilibhit MP's position was unpopular with the top leadership. He made it seem as if the entire blame rested with the leaders."He projected as if the entire fault lies at the doorsteps of the leaders. We are awaiting the investigation report and believe that incident was unfortunate. He should have been patient at a time when the entire opposition is targeting the party,"quoted a senior BJP leader as saying. Varun Gandhi has been a vocal supporter of farmers in their continuing protests against the Centre's new farm regulations.
Maneka Gandhi, his mother, has also been sympathetic to the farmers' cause. Birender Singh, a former Union minister who was considered as supportive, has been removed from the executive committee. Subramanian Swamy, who was viewed as being critical of the party recently, has done the same.
Varun Gandhi shared a blurry video of a black SUV ploughing through a gathering of nonviolent demonstrators from behind on Tuesday. Four farmers were killed, and four more were killed in the ensuing rioting and arson. Varun Gandhi described the footage as "murder" and said it was enough to "shock the soul."
Yesterday, tweeting what he called a "crystal clear" version of the same video, Mr Gandhi called for "accountability for the innocent blood of farmers". "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," he posted on Twitter.
He has also written to Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, requesting a CBI investigation and compensation of Rs 1 crore for the families of the deceased farmers. The new footage, which was unable to verify, shows no farmers throwing stones or sticks, as reported by the Union minister. The speeding car can be seen approaching from behind, ploughing through demonstrators who are facing the vehicle. Even after numerous victims landed on the bonnet, it did not stop, and it vanished in seconds, even before astonished bystanders could scream.
Although the minister informed that the SUV belonged to his family, both Ajay Mishra and his son have denied being there at the scene. Mr Mishra met with his employer, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, yesterday amid calls from the opposition for him to go. Any resignation has been ruled out by government sources.
Varun Gandhi has been a vocal supporter of farmers in their continuing protests against the Centre's new farm regulations. Maneka Gandhi, his mother, has also been sympathetic to the farmers' cause. Birender Singh, a former Union minister who was considered as supportive, has been removed from the executive committee.