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Maneka Gandhi, son Varun excluded from National Executive Council after comments on Lakhimpur Kheri incident

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today announced the list of 80-member national executive council. The party decided to exclude mother-son duo Maneka and Varun Gandhi from the executive council.

However, many Union Ministers and veteran leaders like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are on the list.

The removal comes even as Varun Gandhi has been quite vocal regarding the Lakhimpur Kheri incident and has been demanding an investigation into the incident.

Pilibhit MP’s stance on the incident was not taken well by the top BJP leadership.

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Not just Varun, even his mother and Sultanpur MP Maneka Gandhi too has been excluded from the body. The national executive council is one of the most powerful panel’s in the party which takes crucial decisions on shaping the future course of action for the BJP and the government.

However, a senior leader from Uttar Pradesh said that it is the prerogative of the party President JP Nadda to decide who to admit to the national executive council and claimed that they had been replaced by equally able leaders from the state.

Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are scheduled to take place early next year. In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats.

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