Varun, Maneka, Swamy dropped from BJP national executive

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/8/2021 7:39:17 PM

NEW DELHI, Oct 7: Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi (41), cousin of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, his mother Maneka Gandhi (65), a former union minister and Sultanpur MP, and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subramanian Swamy (82) have been dropped from an 80-member national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party constituted on Thursday by its president Jagat Prakash Nadda.

Varun was shown the door amid suspicion that he may defect to the Congress, after his critical comment on those hailing Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, on his birth anniversary on October 2 and then writing a stinging letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on mowing down of the farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri, describing the farmers killed as "martyrs" and "our own citizens" and calling for arrest of those responsible for killing them and a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe.

Also missing from the new national executive list is fireband Ayodhya resident Vinay Katiyar (66), the founder of the fighter brigade of Bajrang Dal and an MP thrice from Faizabad (Ayodhya) and a Rajya Sabha member for a term up to 2018.

BJP's national general secretary and headquarters incharge Arun Singh said no politics should be attributed in the formation of the new executive and its 50 special invitees and 179 permanent invitees since 20% members are dropped at the time of the reconstitution of the national executive every second year.

The new executive is led by Prime Minister Modi and followed by veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, as also Union Ministers and former BJP Presidents Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari, besides union ministers Piyush Goyal,S Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prahlad Joshi, Hardeep Singh Puri, Narendra Singh Tomar, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Smriti Irani, Kiren Rijiju, Meenakshi Lekhi, Giriraj Singh, Sripad Nayak, Mansukh Mandaviya, Anuragh Singh, Bhupender Yadav, and Jitendra Singh.

The national executive members from Maharashtra are: Prakash Javadekar, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Mrs Chitra Kishor Wagh. Four picked up from Rajasthan are union ministers Ganendra Singh Shekhawat and Arunram Meghwal, Om Prakash Mathur and Mrs Jaskaur Meena.



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