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BJP will not disown Varun,only correct him: Advani

BJP's prime ministerial candidate L K Advani said the party will not disown Varun Gandhi if the tapes of his speeches are found to be true.

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani on Monday said the party will not disown Varun Gandhi if the tapes of his speeches are found to be true,but correct him.

“Even if it turns out to be true,a person making a statement which I don’t approve of,does it empower a party to disown the person?….. (It needs to) correct him that this is not done,” he was quoted as saying in a TV channel.

To a question that will the party disown Varun if his statements turns out to be true,Advani maintained that one cannot run a political party like this.

“If turns out to be true. I will tell him never to do it (again),” he said.

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“I have (known of) so many people who have made statements of which I don’t approve of. I am not on that account (for) throwing them out of the party,” he said.

Varun is currently lodged in Etah jail for his anti-Muslim speeches at a rally in Pilibhit. He has denied making the remarks and said the CD containing his speeches was doctored.

Advani,while clarifying his stand,said,”Till now the situation is that he has denied it… even spoken that his voice is not there.

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“If (in a) party comprising millions,a person commits a mistake,on that basis,is he is to be dumped for ever? Is this the right approach? Would you advice anyone else? Have you ever done it?” he asked.

He accused the media of applying double standards on “supposedly communal and secular thinking”.

First published on: 13-04-2009 at 12:42:13 pm
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