Ranchi: The CPI(M) on Monday welcomed the Election Commission’s censure of BJP candidate Varun Gandhi for his controversial election speech.
“That was our demand. And we welcome the EC’s advisory,” CPI(M) parliamentary board leader Basudev Acharya told a news conference here.
Lauding the Election Commission’s recommendation to the BJP asking it not to field Varun Gandhi as a candidate in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls, Acharya recalled that the EC had defranchised Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray for his remarks over a decade ago.
“The EC is right. Twelve years ago it had defranchised Bal Thackeray for his remarks,” he said when asked whether the EC could censure Varun Gandhi before a formal probe report.
The EC had on Sunday found no merit in Gandhi’s contention that the tapes of his speech were doctored.