VARUN AND MANEKA GANDHI DROPPED FROM BJP’S NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FOR CONDEMNING VIOLENCE IN UP

Varun Gandhi, prominent MP of the BJP has been dropped from the party’s National Executive Committee, hours after the leader condemned the violence in Lakhimpur Kheri against farmers. His mother MP Maneka Gandhi has also been dropped along with him. Mr. Gandhi had shared the widely circulated video showing  Minister of State Home Affairs Ajay Mishra’s Mahendra Thar, part of his convoy driving over a group of peacefully marching farmers. An incident which led to the killing of four farmers, and 4 others in the violence that followed. Along with the video, he tweeted calling for “accountability for the innocent blood of farmers”.

Former Union Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh who also was critical about the farm laws have been dropped, along with Varun and Menaka Gandhi, in the list announced on Thursday by BJP President J P Nadda.

Other than the 80 regular members, the executive committee will have 50 special invitees and 179 permanent ones. 37 out of the 80 are union ministers leaving less space for ordinary leaders who don’t hold office to become part of it.

The first meeting of the National Executive Committee will be held on 7 November this year.

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