The BJP is considering “stern” action against its Pilibhit MP and party general secretary, Varun Gandhi, for his recent comments on the party’s prospects in the UP elections. Varun had said last week that the BJP “was ‘spoilt for choice’ and had 55 chief ministerial candidates.”
Varun was kept away from campaigning except in Pilibhit and Aonla, his own and his mother Maneka’s Lok Sabha constituencies. When contacted, BJP’s state chief Surya Pratap Sahi said: “Any disciplinary action against any MP is taken by central leaders. We have nothing to do at the state level.”
“His recent comments have damaged the party and these come under anti-disciplinary activities. State leaders have put a lot of pressure on us. We are considering initiating action against him immediately after the election process ends,” a top BJP leader said.
Varun said: “I have already clarified my statement and it is widely covered. I am in constant touch with my senior leaders and there is no indication of such action. Some leaders have even called me to say that they are convinced with my clarification.”
But sources said a show cause notice may be issued against him on the recommendation of disciplinary committee headed by former Delhi BJP president OP Kohli.