New Delhi: A day after getting a temporary relief from the Supreme Court (SC) in the “hate speech” case, BJP leader Varun Gandhi on Friday said he was not in favour of violence as a tool in politics but would continue to raise his voice against “anti-national forces”.
In a written statement circulated to media, he said the countrymen need to unite to face the threat of terrorism emanating from the neighbouring countries.
“Indians should unite to face the threat of terrorism (emanating from) neighbouring countries. We need to rise and face this menace boldly and I shall continue to raise my voice against anti-national forces,” Varun said.
Varun was released on Thursday from Etah jail on parole for two weeks following a SC directive, almost 19 days after he was detained under the National Security Act (NSA) for making hate speeches at election meetings in Pilibhit.
He had been released on parole to campaign for Lok Sabha polls with the condition that he would not indulge in any conduct likely to disturb communal harmony.
The 29-year-old BJP leader expressed happiness over relief provided by the Supreme Court and looked forward to be vindicated “fully” by the highest court in the case.
“I should also like to answer all the other false charges being leveled against me. Let me make it clear I do not and never have advocated violence as a tool in politics,” he said.
Thanking BJP and others for their support, Varun said his immediate task was to form a government which will be in the “best interests” of India.
“History shows that my family has always been strengthened by times of adversity. I too am being tested and shall not be found wanting,” he added.