Pilibhit: Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Varun Gandhi, who is on a two week parole after being jailed for alleged hate- speeches, onWednesday filed his nomination papers to fight the Lok Sabha elections from Pilibhit constituency.
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Gandhi, the 29-year-old new Hindutva poster-boy of the BJP, was accompanied by his mother Maneka Gandhi while filing his papers at the District Magistrate office for the elections to be held on 13 May in this seat.
Tight security arrangements were made to prevent any untoward incident.
The event was kept low-key as the district administration denied permission for a procession of Varun’s supporters to accompany him while filing of nominations.
Gandhi, grandson of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and son of Sanjay Gandhi, is making his electoral debut with the Lok Sabha polls.
A controversy raged over his candidature following his anti-Muslim speeches during campaign in Pilibhit and was arrested under National Securities Act (NSA).
Earlier, addressing a public meeting in Nawabganj before filing the nominations, Gandhi said “non-violence is his religion” and his country taught him to respect and love others.