EC orders video tracking Varun Gandhi’s rallies

March 18th, 2009 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) The Election Commission Wednesday asked the Uttar Pradesh chief electoral officer (CEO) to track all rallies of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Pilibhit candidate Varun Gandhi, who is in the eye of a storm for making alleged hate speeches against Muslims.
“EC orders video tracking of all visits, rallies, functions of Varun Gandhi. In its communication to the CEO of UP, the EC has directed him to depute a video cameraperson with an officer who is magistrate, at all times with adequate security for the camera person,” a statement issued here said.

On Tuesday, the Election Commission had directed the Uttar Pradesh CEO to file a criminal case against Gandhi after the Congress lodged a protest with the poll panel over his alleged inflammatory speeches made during an election campaign.

Varun, the 29-year-old son of Maneka and late Sanjay Gandhi, was Sunday issued a notice by the district authorities in Pilibhit, the constituency in Uttar Pradesh which his mother has nurtured for many years.

The young Gandhi created a storm by adopting a fanatical pro-Hindu stance in his speech and even threatening to cut off the hands of Muslims who raise a “hand against Hindus”.

His speeches, which have got wide publicity in the media, have led to even the BJP distancing itself from their Pilibhit candidate, with a party spokesman saying the party believes in religious harmony and national unity.

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