“This is not a hand (Congress symbol), it is the power of the lotus (BJP symbol). It will cut the head of... Jai Shri Ram,” a PTI report quoted Varun Gandhi (29) as telling an election meeting in Pilibhit, his attack directed at the Muslims. At another meeting, the PTI report said, he said: “If anyone raises a finger towards Hindus or if someone thinks that Hindus are weak and leaderless, if someone thinks that these leaders lick our boots for votes, if anyone raises a finger towards Hindus, then I swear on Gita that I will cut that hand.”
The Congress, headed by Varun’s aunt Sonia Gandhi, was quick to condemn the remarks as “unethical and against law”. “It is condemnable... He (Varun) is associated with a party which has this (anti-minority) ideology and culture,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi snubbed Varun, saying his speech is “a manifestation of his family’s past Congress culture” and that his outburst “did not reflect BJP’s traditional culture”.
The Pilibhit district administration said it is waiting for Varun’s reply to a notice on the speech before taking action “if necessary”. While officials claim to have sent the notice to him three days ago, Varun’s election coordinator Yogendra Singh Gangwar told The Indian Express over phone from Pilibhit that they were yet to receive it. The only notice received so far, Gangwar said, was about rallies for which they had not got permission. “We have submitted the permission letters to the district administration,” he said.
Asked about the meeting in Banderkheda where the alleged remarks were made, Gangwar said: “Varun Gandhi may have said a lot of things but TV channels seem to be showing it in a distorted manner. We met the District Magistrate but there was no mention of this incident.” Chief Electoral Officer A K Bishnoi said he was waiting for the district administration’s report.
becoz of such speech Indian is just being depressednothing else.u r just promote those guys who really don't believe in democracy of India. why ? think before saying..for kind of information I will tell u so many guys hate India becoz of such stupidity.why do u wanna divide person to person.no one feel proud to be india.few are proudly becoz they r from mumbai,up,bihar,hydrabady or few feel proudly becoz of they r hindu,muslim,sikhs.but no one has ever said that I feel proudy becoz of I am indian.plz try to be human a true indian