EC holds Varun Gandhi guilty

EC holds Varun Gandhi guilty
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 12 46 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 12 46 AM IST
New Delhi: In an unprecedented order, the Election Commission on Sunday night recommended to the BJP that it should not nominate Varun Gandhi as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections after holding him guilty of violating model code of conduct for his hate speeches against Muslims.
Coming down heavily on the 29-year old son of late Sanjay Gandhi and Menaka Gandhi, the Commission in a 10-page order said Gandhi’s controversial speeches in Pilibhit (UP) early this month contained “highly derogatory” references and seriously provocative language of a “wholly unacceptable” nature against a certain community.
Censuring the grandson of late Indira Gandhi for outraging the religious feelings of a particular community, the Commission observed that he does not deserve to be a candidate in the coming general elections.
The Commission said it is conscious of its limitations under the law that it cannot debar him from contesting elections unless he is convicted or held guilty by courts and therefore expected the BJP to “deny” Gandhi a party nomination for the coming elections.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 23 2009. 12 46 AM IST