BJP’s Maneka Gandhi today shrugged off not including him in the party’s national executive, which was changed last week. The 65-year-old said that he is satisfied to be in the party for 20 years and his stature doesn’t diminish due to his non-participation in the panel.
He said, “I am satisfied to be in the BJP for 20 years. Not being in the executive committee does not reduce one’s stature. My first religion is to serve. More important than this is that I get a place in the hearts of the people.” As reported by news agency ANI.
ANI quoted him as saying, “There are other senior leaders who have not got a place in the executive committee. Freshers should also get a chance. I am aware of my duties and my first duty is to serve the people of my constituency.” Is.” During a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Sultanpur.
Ms Gandhi – known to be sympathetic to farmers’ protests against the Centre’s agricultural laws – and her son Varun Gandhi were removed from the national executive after the Pilibhit MP criticized the events in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri , where there were four farmers. were allegedly run by the son of Union Minister Ajay Mishra.
While Mr Gandhi also brushed off the lapse, saying he had not attended any executive committee meeting in five years, a section of the party said his comments did not go down well with the top leadership. .
ANI said, “He presented as if the entire mistake is at the door of the leaders. We are waiting for the inquiry report and believe that the incident was unfortunate. He should have been patient at a time when the entire opposition was targeting the party,” ANI said. Have been.” The senior BJP leader had said last week.
Mr Gandhi had labeled the Lakhimpur incident as a “murder” and demanded accountability. He also wrote a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, demanding a CBI inquiry and a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the families of the deceased farmers.
The criticism of Varun Gandhi intensified after he was removed from the executive committee. Minister Ajay Mishra’s remarks that the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre was perpetrated by Khalistanis, Mr Gandhi said, was an attempt to give a communal color to the incident.
He said, “Using the word Khalistani to describe the protesting farmers liberally is not only an insult to generations of these proud sons of Terai, who have fought and shed blood on our borders, it is also extremely detrimental to our national unity. Dangerous. Wrong kind of response,” he said without naming the minister.