BJP distances itself from Varun's remarks against Mayawati
20 May 2010, 1742 hrs IST,IANS
LUCKNOW: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday distanced itself
from comments made by its leader Varun Gandhi in which he said statues
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati would be replaced with those of Lord
Rama if the party came to power in the 2012 assembly elections.
"Those were his personal comments. The party will act within
constitutional rights," party's state chief Surya Pratap Shahi told
"The party has yet to take a decision on the issue (related to
replacement of Mayawati statues with that of Lord Rama). It was his
(Varun Gandhi's) personal opinion," added Shahi.
At a function organised Wednesday at the BJP office in Lucknow to
welcome the party's new state unit chief, Gandhi said: "We are
determined to replace the statues of Mayawati and install statues of
Lord Rama in those places."
"After several years, there appears a ray of hope. We are confident we
would be voted to power under the leadership of our newly-elected
state chief," he added.
Gandhi accused Mayawati of targeting BJP activists for being vocal
against her "anti-people policies".
"Once we come to power, those harassing us will definitely have to
face action for their ill-deeds," Gandhi said.
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