Varun likely to court arrest in Pilibhit tomorrow

Varun likely to court arrest in Pilibhit tomorrow
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First Published: Fri, Mar 27 2009. 08 29 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Mar 27 2009. 08 29 PM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Varun Gandhi is likely to court arrest in Pilibhit on Saturday where an FIR has been lodged against him for making inflammatory speeches, party sources said on Friday.
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The move comes after the Allahabad high court on Wednesday dismissed his plea for quashing the FIR against him.
BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said it is upto Varun to decide his future course of action.
“It is upto Varun Gandhi to decide whether he wants to move court for extension of his bail or he wants to face it and offer himself for courting arrest. In either case, he is working within the parameters of the law,” Punj said.
The FIR was lodged against Varun in Pilibhit on the direction of election authorities after CDs containing his anti-Muslim speeches surfaced.
His anticipatory bail granted by the Delhi high court also expires Friday.
The Election Commission has already censured 29-year-old Varun and suggested that BJP should not field him as a candidate.
— PTI
AGP to decide whether to support BJP after election results
The Asom Gana Parishad would decide on joining a BJP-led NDA government at the Centre only after the NDA is voted to power, a senior AGP leader said on Friday.
“After the NDA is voted to power and its government is formed in Delhi, we will decide whether to support it from outside or be a part of it”, said Zoii Nath Sarma at a joint AGP-BJP press meet.
“We are not in alliance with the BJP but have a seat- sharing understanding with the party for the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam as the party gives importance to the state. We are for protection of Assam’s interests,’’ he said.
Sarma, a former minister, said the AGP wants a non-Congress government and the Congress since Independence had failed to work for the state’s development.
The AGP would pressure the NDA to seal the state’s boundary with Bangladesh to prevent infiltration from across the border and complete the fencing work on a war-footing within a time frame, Sarma said.
— PTI
Poonam Mahajan visits Raj, fuels speculations
Daughter of slain Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan, Poonam’s surprise visit to Maharashtra Nirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in central Mumbai on Saturday fuelled speculations in the political circles about her next move in the wake of the saffron party denying her a Lok Sabha ticket.
“I met Raj Thackeray to wish him for Gudhi Padawa (Hindu new year) and the visit has nothing to do with politics,” Poonam, who has been denied Lok Sabha ticket from Mumbai North-East, said after having lunch with him.
Asked if she was upset with the BJP for not giving ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, she said, “No... I am daughter of Pramod Mahajan and loyal to the party. I would continue to work for the party as a worker.”
Echoing Poonam’s statement, Raj said, “I have family relations with Mahajan and she had come to wish me on new year. The meet was decided much before.”
Poonam’s name had figured in the South Mumbai constituency race, but the seat was allocated to Shiv Sena as per the seat sharing agreement between the parties.
BJP has fielded former MP Kirit Somaiya from North-East seat, from where Poonam’s uncle and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde had asked the party leadership to consider fielding her.
Munde, who is contesting Lok Sabha election from Beed has however, said he was not angry and that he will not demand anything from the party and continue to work for it.
— PTI
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First Published: Fri, Mar 27 2009. 08 29 PM IST