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Varun guilty: EC
Asks BJP not to nominate him

New Delhi, March 22
In an unprecedented order, the Election Commission (EC) tonight 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 the 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 EC 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 Indira Gandhi for outraging the religious feeling of a particular community, the commission observed that he did not deserve to be a candidate in the coming general elections.

The commission said it was conscious of its limitations under the law that it could not debar him from contesting elections unless he was convicted or held guilty by courts and, therefore, expected the BJP to “deny” Gandhi a party nomination for the coming elections. — PTI

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