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<b>Hate speech: Varun Gandhi withdraws bail plea from HC</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Earlier in the day, Varun Gandhi's lawyer Ryan Karanjewala said the BJP leader would not move the Supreme Court to defend himself in connection with the 'hate speech' he is alleged to have made in Pilibhit.

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj reacting to the new turn of events said to media that <b>the party leadership has given Varun Gandhi the 'green signal' to go ahead and court arrest in Pilibhit. </b>

<b>The question now is, whether Varun will court arrest in Pilibhit and project himself as a 'political martyr'. </b>

Sources said Varun would reach the Pilibhit court on Saturday in what is seen as a shrewd move to play victim and turn the row over his hate speech into an emotional campaign theme.

When contacted, Varun, whose plea to get the FIR registered against him for his purported anti-Muslim remarks was dismissed, refused to confirm the plan.

But that his camp has decided to shift into aggressive gears was evident when Varun's mother Maneka Gandhi stepped out to defend him and launch a scathing attack on Congress. <b>"Congress is behind the conspiracy to defame Varun," Maneka said days after Varun's cousins Priyanka and Rahul disapproved of the remarks attributed to the BJP candidate from Pilibhit. </b>

In deciding to appear before the court before he is asked to do so, the <b>Varun camp seems to have done its calculations well. While it is designed to pre-empt any directive from the court to arrest him, the appearance will also work to the advantage of Varun's candidature by rallying Hindutva sentiments behind him</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<b>Varun may court arrest for cause of 'Hindu swabhiman'</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->New Delhi BJP’s Young Turk Varun Gandhi will say that he "fought" for the “swabhiman (self esteem) of the Hindus” and has “no problems” in going to jail “for the cause”. He will also add that this doesn’t mean that “he is against any community”.

Initially supposed to court arrest in Pilibhit on Saturday, Varun was said to be toying the idea of courting arrest on Friday itself. He had earlier been granted anticipatory bail till Friday.

While the young Gandhi wants to make the arrest a big public event, his advisors are also apprehensive that the district administration might prevent that from happening. <b>The young Gandhi is however receiving full support from BJP president Rajnath Singh. Senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra told </b>The Indian Express that Rajnath has asked him to be present in Pilibhit when he courts arrest.
A factor which may have a decisive impact on the relative electoral fortunes of the Congress party and the BJP will be the publication of the long-delayed Liberhan Commission Report on the destruction of the Babri Masjid. It will be like a time bomb: its explosion on the eve of the elections may swing the fortunes of the two main contestants. If it holds L.K. Advani and his colleagues present in Ayodhya on that fateful day responsible, the BJP will forfeit the Muslim and the secular vote. If it gives them a clean chit, it will boost their chances of making it to the winning post.

Muslim will never vote for BJP. They always vote for party who can deliver free goodies and looks other direction when any crime originated from their religion.

Why Hindu religious issues are just impoised on BJP , not on other parties?
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Mar 28 2009, 09:40 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Mar 28 2009, 09:40 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Why Hindu religious issues are just impoised on BJP , not on other parties?

Precisely the question that many BJP progressives ask these days.

not difficult to answer at all

It was BJP which claimed (pretended), at the time of its growth, to be for the Hindu cause and interest. Remember the 1991 election that saw BJP reach its zenith and make governments on its own first time in the big states of India including UP? That was when BJP AVOWED to stand for the Ram Janma Bhumi issue, on which they now play with words.

Had AdvaniJi not taken up the emotive Hindu issue at that time, BJP would be still looking at 80-85 seats today.

<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Mar 28 2009, 09:40 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Mar 28 2009, 09:40 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Why Hindu religious issues are just impoised on BJP , not on other parties?

Nothing to do with Mudy, but when BJP-wallahs ask this question, dont they admit that they would like to have only as much liability and accountability on Hindu issues as the other secular parties? Nice progress for S P Mookerjee's party!
<b>Former Marxist-turned BJP candidate calls CPI-M 'regional outfit' </b>
Fri, Mar 27 08:06 PM

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) He is a former die-hard Marxist now in a saffron garb. Former Rajya Sabha member Bratin Sengupta, who switched his loyalties to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), champions the cause of the majority community and says the BJP has been wrongly portrayed as 'communal'.

Sengupta, previously a firebrand student leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), was sent to the Rajya Sabha by the Marxist party. But he joined the BJP and has been nominated by it to contest the Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal's Barasat constituency in North 24-Parganas district.

'The Congress and CPI-M have always tried to present the BJP as a communal party to motivate people against us. But the truth is, <b>our party is a secular one</b>... we neither have bias towards a particular community nor believe in provoking communal tension,' Sengupta said at a press conference here Friday.

<b>'It was during the regime of BJP-backed National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that the Indo-Pak Samjhauta Express and even the Lahore-Pakistan bus started operating.'</b>

Sengupta asserted it is not possible to overlook the interests of the majority community.

'In India, 85 percent of people are Hindus, and we can't deprive or overlook their interests. <b>If the BJP comes to power after this Lok Sabha polls, one of our principal agenda will be to work for the development of the minority community, and at the same time strengthen India-Pakistan relationship.'</b>

<b>Commenting on the December 1992 Babri mosque demolition, Sengupta said the BJP should not be identified as solely responsible for the incident.</b>

<b>'It happened during the regime of Congress prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh. What were they doing on the day the mosque was demolished?</b>

BJP is not the only party responsible for the massacre... The Congress and Kalyan Singh were equally responsible for what happened.'

On reasons for leaving the CPI-M, he said his aim was to serve the nation, not a particular state. He termed the CPI-M a regional outfit.

'I was in a regional party whose vision for progress of the common man was limited to the state. Hence, I joined the BJP so that I could serve a bigger cause,' Sengupta said.

Indo Asian News Service

<b>Come poll, Brahmins turn ‘gods’ for Lalu</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Patna, March 27: Lalu Prasad is stooping to conquer — red tilak streaking his forehead, the Bihar strongman yesterday asked son Tejpratap to touch the feet of Brahmins.

Himself hugging the Brahmin Mahasabha members gathered at his Circular Road home, the RJD boss murmured:<b> “Brahmins are treated as gods in India. No one can become king without their blessings.”</b>

It is to become king — or powerful kingmaker — that Lalu Prasad has turned to a community he made a career of putting down.

Sensing the pro-Sonia Gandhi mood of the Brahmins, the RJD chief reassured his guests: “Manmohan Singh is our Prime Minister. We are in the UPA and will remain in the UPA after the polls.”

<b>The Brahmin leaders were happy. “Lalu Prasad may sound rough, rustic and foul-mouthed but he has a clean heart. Nitish Kumar, who sounds decent, has let the Brahmins down. We will do Durga path and yagnas to ensure Lalu Prasad’s victory. We have come to bless him,” Mahasabha chief Birendra Pandey,</b> said.

Other members shouted: “Jai ho (Be victorious)”.

Like Mayavati in the 2007 elections, Lalu Prasad’s turnaround on Brahmins is being seen as a “masterstroke”.

Lalu Prasad became chief minister replacing Congress stalwart Jagannath Mishra, a Maithil Brahmin, in 1990. His rise was said to have heralded a new era of “social justice” replacing the “Brahminical order”.

<b>When he captured power riding the backward class movement, he had declared a Dalit, Ramai Ram, a “shankaracharya” and called for burning the Vedas and the shastras.</b>

Now, however, the MY (Muslim-Yadav) axis that ensured Lalu Prasad’s victory in past years with support from other backward groups needs reinforcement, after the extremely backwards classes moved over to Nitish Kumar’s side.

Brahmins, who traditionally supported the Congress before switching sides to the Vajpayee-led NDA, are again tilting towards Sonia’s party.

The JD(U) has not given a single ticket to Brahmins who make up over 7 per cent of the state’s population, and ally BJP has not compensated. Even Mishra, the three-time chief minister now with Nitish, has been denied a ticket.

<b>Lalu Prasad this week called on Mishra. “A poor Brahmin, Sudama had called on Lord Krishna. Today, Krishna-roopi (Yadavs are seen as Krishna’s descendants) Lalu is going to Sudama (Jagannath). We will bless him,” </b>said Mahasabha member Mudit Pandey.

The buzz is that Lalu Prasad is trying to persuade Mishra to contest against Sharad Yadav in Madhepura. The RJD-LJP combine has already fielded three Brahmins.

The NDA appears rattled by Lalu Prasad’s move.

<b>“Lalu Prasad is stooping too low. He has been known as the messiah of the backward class movement. Now, he is touching the Brahmins feet. Everyone knows Lalu’s Brahmin love is ephemeral,” </b>a JD(U) general secretary said.
<b>Our opponents made Varun a poster boy: L K Advani</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->"The case of Varun Gandhi got wide publicity as the Election Commission did something unprecedented. I was surprised. I support Varun because EC has done an illegal thing as the charge against him has not been proved," Advani said.

Without naming actor Sanjay Dutt, who is set to contest from Lucknow as Samajwadi Party candidate, he said "one who has been convicted is contesting from Lucknow but the Election Commission has not said anything."
<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd--><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Wearing a red-coloured kurta, Varun was greeted by a large number of BJP supporters carrying saffron flags. "The only objective of my coming here is to strengthen my people, my society and the whole country.....I will not step back. If by my going to jail people get the strength to stand by their <b>principles</b>, I am ready to do so," he said amid slogans raised in his support.

Ahead of the BJP candidate's arrival, party workers and saffron activists clashed with the police
<!--QuoteBegin-Bodhi+Mar 28 2009, 09:51 AM-->QUOTE(Bodhi @ Mar 28 2009, 09:51 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Precisely the question that many BJP progressives ask these days. 
not difficult to answer at all

It was BJP which claimed (pretended), at the time of its growth, to be for the Hindu cause and interest.  Remember the 1991 election that saw BJP reach its zenith and make governments on its own first time in the big states of India including UP?  That was when BJP AVOWED to stand for the Ram Janma Bhumi issue, on which they now play with words.

Had AdvaniJi not taken up the emotive Hindu issue at that time, BJP would be still looking at 80-85 seats today.
Nothing to do with Mudy, but when BJP-wallahs ask this question, dont they admit that they would like to have only as much liability and accountability on Hindu issues as the other secular parties? Nice progress for S P Mookerjee's party!
Any news report or TV reporting, they just talk about Hindutava when they are talking about BJP, no dicussion on BJP stands on National security, foreign policy or fight against terrorism or economy. For other parties, they talk about issues. I think this is well thought strategy of Congress to marganlize BJP. It works on brainwashed gizmo youth of India.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Believe it or not Varun outshines Rahul</b>
Tavishi Srivastava | Lucknow
A fourth-generation scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, firebrand 29-year-old Varun Gandhi, has virtually taken Uttar Pradesh’s poll scene by storm. The raging slogan raised in his Pilibhit parliamentary constituency —<b> “Varun nahi aandhi hai, doosra Sanjay Gandhi hai”</b> — aptly sums up the mood of his voters. They are standing solidly by his side, the heated debate over his “hate speech” notwithstanding. <b>Apparently there is a distinct note of optimism in the saffron ranks over the sudden shift in the focus from Rahul to this “Gandhi with a difference</b>”.

The BJP has distanced itself from Varun’s speech, but the party leaders know that the entire episode is bound to help them if rival parties try to polarise the Muslim voters. “Those who are accusing us of cashing in on Varun’s speech are perhaps forgetting that our main agenda happens to be the failures of the UPA Government at the Centre and Chief Minister Mayawati Government’s handling of law and order in the State.<b> It is a different matter that Varun’s popularity has shot up instantly and there is a growing demand for him to address party meetings,” </b>said BJP’s UP election in-charge Kalraj Mishra.

The latest poster boy of Hindutva may be in the eye of a storm, but his first step on the ladder of electoral politics has surely taught him a lesson or two. A section of<b> BJP leaders has already started discussing how this Gandhi has given a new lease of life to the party, which had been floundering in UP. The CDs of his speech are selling like hot cakes throughout the State, especially in the Rohilkhand region. The neighbouring constituencies of Pilibhit, mainly Aonla, Bareilly and Budaun are now looking up to Varun. Initially, more than 15,000 CDs had been ordered, but the stock ran out in no time.</b>

Five-time MP from Pilibhit Maneka Gandhi vacated her seat for son Varun, while she shifted to Aonla. The seat has a sizeable number of minority members, nearly 30 per cent. The Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress are stepping up their poll campaigns describing Varun as “communal” and have their eyes set on communal polarisation. From Bareilly, also a traditional BJP seat, incumbent Santosh Gangwar is again in the fray. <b>Senior BJP leader Vijay Pathak was of the view that “Varun’s impact would not only be restricted to the neighbouring seats of Pilibhit but would further spread to Lakhimpur Kheri as well. He felt that BJP rivals were purposely trying to give a communal colour to Varun’s speech since a large section of the minorities were supporting him.</b>

<b>BJP supporters were of the view that Varun has established himself as a mass leader, which Rahul could never achieve despite his gimmicks like staying overnight in Dalits’ houses</b>. Those, who had forgotten Varun after the last parliamentary election, are now keenly watching him.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Vijayashanti to contest from Medak on TRS tkt, with Cong giving Medak to discredited partyhopper A.Narendra, its one down for Congress in AP
So, once he is out on bail, he wants to tour Uttar Pradesh to create his own band of workers. Gandhi thinks he should emerge first as a leader of UP. He also plans to float a hard-line Hindutva front, which will be more radical than the BJP or the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

The sources said his line of thinking was — “Nothing is given to anyone in politics. You should pitchfork yourself in a spot where nothing can be denied to you and is yours by right.”

<b>Family legacy and the Varun effect</b>
^ Important

HK does a compare and contrast on how Congress deals with Varun versus how Congress is courting the islamaniac who wanted the head of George Bush junior:

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Jihadi leader who offered Rs 25 crore for Bush’s head is Congress's new found love</b>
27/03/2009 02:23:31 
Cong joins hands with Muslim body
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
UP outfit leader had offered Rs 25 crore for Bush’s head
Congress might have termed Varun Gandhi’s inflammatory speeches in Pilibhit as violent and communal, but on Thursday the party saw nothing wrong in aligning with a radical Muslim outfit, Ittehad-e-Millat Council in Uttar Pradesh whose president had announced a reward of Rs 25 crore on former US President George Bush’s head.

Ittehad-e-Millat Council will support Congress in the parliamentary elections and the parties would have a seat-sharing arrangement in the State Assembly election slated for 2012. The parties will also have joint campaigning for parliamentary elections.

Ittehad-e-Millat Council president M Tauqeer Raza Khan kicked up a controversy in 2006 when he announced a reward of Rs 25 crore to anyone who got him the head of Bush. Raza was provoked over publication of “objectionable” cartoon of Prophet Mohammed by a Danish artist. The cartoon had angered Muslims all across the world. Khan had blamed Bush for protecting and encouraging people like the Danish cartoonist and appealed to every Muslim to contribute Re 1 for the award. Bush, who is considered a great friend of India by Congress-led UPA Government, was in India at that time.

As Congress general secretary in-charge of UP Digvijay Singh announced the alliance with Ittehad-e-Millat Council at party headquarters here on Thursday, he faced a barrage of questions on whether Congress supported the Muslim outfit’s ideology. At first, Singh tried to brush these remarks under the carpet by claiming that these were not made by Khan. However, Khan himself agreed that he had made those remarks at that time.

The Congress was red-faced as it claimed that it had not extensively vetted Ittehad-e-Millat Council’s background. Digvijay Singh tried to save face by saying: “They have extended support to us. But we don’t subscribe to those views.”

When asked how it could join hands with an outfit which has been propagating violence when Congress has been criticising Varun Gandhi for giving such inflammatory speeches, Singh said: “What views were expressed by Ittehad-e-Millat Council’s president were before he joined hands with Congress. Under no condition do we subscribe to any ideology or any thought which is communal in nature or which propagates violence.”

Singh tried to play down the issue by feigning ignorance to Raza’s controversial remarks which occupied media front pages for days. “Frankly, I didn’t know. Fanatic religious fundamentalism is something we have always opposed. Some statement might have been made in an emotionally surcharged environment but that cannot be a considered ideology of a party,” he said.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Oh, it's the *other* moron Singh: the crypto christian Digvijay Singh.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Sunday, March 29, 2009
<b>Police case against Varun for violence in Pilibhit</b>

Pilibhit : A police case was filed Sunday against Varun Gandhi and two other Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for the violence outside the jail here Saturday when the party candidate from Pilibhit was arrested. District authorities, meanwhile, said the BJP leaders had provoked party workers to indulge in violence.

Cases were filed against Varun Gandhi, senior leader Kalraj Mishra and former legislator B.K. Gupta in the Kotwali police station of Pilibhit, which is around 350 km from here.

"While Varun Gandhi has been booked under Section 144 (unlawful assembly), Mishra and Gupta have been booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code," Superintendent of Police Prakash D. told reporters.

Pilibhit district magistrate Ajay Chauhan, in a report sent to the Uttar Pradesh government, said that the three leaders provoked the workers who then took the law in their hands on their insistence," a home department source told IANS.

The police action came in retaliation only to control the agitating mob, the report added.

A Pilibhit court sent Varun Gandhi to jail until Monday for allegedly making hate speeches amid clashes between party workers and the police Saturday. The court ruling came shortly after the BJP candidate from Pilibhit said he was "ready to go to jail" over the reported anti-Muslim speeches that he denies having made.

Hundreds of BJP supporters followed the police vehicle in which Varun Gandhi was taken away from the court. A few of them were seen clinging to the vehicle and climbing onto its bonnet, making it difficult for the policemen to drive.

The police then opened fire after lobbing tear gas shells and resorting to cane charge, injuring three people.

Varun Gandhi courted controversy after his speeches, that had derogatory references to Muslims, gained media attention. Gandhi maintains that the speeches, whose recorded copies were aired repeatedly on television, were doctored.

The Election Commission came down heavily on him and suggested that he should not be fielded as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections. The BJP refused to do that and questioned the Election Commission's jurisdiction to suggest that.

On Friday, Varun Gandhi withdrew his bail application from the Delhi High Court and decided to surrender.

Due to security reasons, Varun Gandhi has been kept in a separate cell but besides homemade food, no additional facilities are being provided to him, Jail Superintendent Mukesh Arora told IANS Sunday.

Around 50 BJP workers were also arrested here Saturday after they blocked roads and clashed with the police while waiting for Gandhi. They were charged with unlawful assembly.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Will they all disappear in the christoinquisition? We all know how successful Hindus have been in liberating the innocent Dara and Hindus of the faux 'Hindu Terrier' non-case.
The christoinquisition is planning to hang the poor child.

1. http://dailypioneer.com/165896/Varun-charg...er-rioting.html
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->FLASH | Sunday, March 29, 2009 | Email | Print |
<b>Varun charged with attempt to murder, rioting</b>
PTI | Pilibhit
BJP Lok Sabha candidate Varun Gandhi has been charged with attempt to murder, rioting and other offences in an FIR filed in connection with violence that erupted here even as police on Sunday maintained a close vigil to maintain law and order in this district.

29-year-old Varun, along with Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Kalraj Mishra, local MLA Sukhlal and former party MLA B K Gupta, have been named in another FIR registered for violation of prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC on Saturday when the BJP candidate courted arrest in a case related to his alleged anti-Muslim speeches, Kotwali police sources said.

Varun, who is in judicial custody, has been booked under sections 147, 148 and 149 (rioting and related charges), 307 (attempt to murder), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 336 (doing any act that endangers human life or the personal safety of others) and certain sections of IPC and public safety and certain state acts for the violence around the district jail in Pilibhit, they said.

The FIR relating to rioting and other chages has been filed by Pilibhit district jailor Mukesh Arora against Varun and his supporters after BJP activists fought a pitched battle with the police and laid a siege of the jail premises.

Meanwhile, Pilibhit District Magistrate Ashok Chauhan discounted the allegation of BJP MP and Varun's mother Maneka Gandhi that a Muslim officer had injured several of supporters and said he was not deployed there.

Chauhan said ,"I strictly don't agree with the comments of Maneka Gandhi. The person she is naming was not at all deployed at that place.

"We checked the records and we were careful about his deployment. He was at another place and the allegation is totally false," he said.

On the situation in Pilibhit, he said, "it is under control. People may be spreading rumours but as of now the situation in the city and rural areas is totally under control".

In Lucknow, Additional Director General of Police Brij Lal, said, "A close vigil is being maintained in Pilibhit with deployment of adequate number of personnel from Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and police".

Asked about the cases registered against Gandhi, who courted in Pilibhit on Saturday, he just said, "A case under section 188 of IPC has been registered against all those who violated the prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC".

During the violence on Saturday, BJP workers, who were demanding Varun's release, had indulged in heavy brick batting and laid a siege of the district jail.

Maneka Gandhi told NDTV that the police officer, whom she charged with having injured several BJP supporters, was "definitely there".

"He was definitely there, there has been written testimony. These people who have testified have nothing against him. They are all very poor people, most of them are illiterate," she said.

She alleged that the party's supporters, who were in the hospital, have got bullet wounds. "What are we to believe? Should I believe a bullet wound or should I believe somebody who says there was no firing? Each of the people have given separate testimonies and each of them have taken one name," she claimed.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

2. Same day, earlier: http://dailypioneer.com/165887/Pilibhit-su...ron-Gandhi.html
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->FRONT PAGE | Sunday, March 29, 2009 | Email | Print |
<b>Pilibhit surges for saffron Gandhi</b>
Biswajeet Banerjee | Lucknow
<b>Maneka cries foul over cop violence</b>
An emotive crowd went berserk after BJP’s young turk Varun Gandhi courted arrest after being charged with mouthing a ‘hate speech’ and was sent to two-days judicial custody in Pilibhit on Saturday. In the aftermath, a riot-like situation prevailed with hundreds of supporters laying seige to the jail.

Failing to rein in the mob with a cane-charge, the police fired rubber bullets in air injuring three persons. Earlier in the cane-charge, over a dozen BJP activists protesting arrest of Varun Gandhi, were injured at the Collectorate compound.

<b>Maneka Gandhi, sitting MP from Pilibhit who visited the jail and met her son, lent a communal touch by alleging that 45 people were injured in police firing including many by a Muslim police inspector.</b>

“We had been monitoring one police inspector in general. His name is Pervez Mia and he alone was responsible for injuring more than 25 percons,” Maneka Gandhi said.

Earlier, a non-bailable warrant was issued against Varun in Barkhada on March 5. After the Allahabad High Court dismissed his plea for quashing criminal proceedings against him, the young leader decided to surrender in the court on Saturday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Vipin Kumar sent him to judicial custody till March 30 when his bail application will be heard. Both Varun and the Investigating Officer (IO) have been asked to submit relevant papers on that date.

“If my arrest helps to boost the morale of the people, I am ready to go to jail for it,” said Varun on the Court premises minutes before his judicial custody was ordered.

He said, “I am being framed in fake cases by my political rivals and have full faith on judiciary. I stand by my commitments and I am ready to fight to any extent.” He said his aim was to protect the people of Uttar Pradesh and the whole country and he would take all steps to do so within the ambit of law. “I have never done anything wrong for which I should feel guilty’’, he asserted.

Soon after the court direction, Varun announced that he would go to jail on foot along with his supporters but the administration decided to take him in a police vehicle.

The milling crowd gheraoed the police gypsy that was carrying Varun to jail. The jeep inched through the crowd as some of the supporters squatted on the road preventing the jeep’s movement. The situation took an ugly turn when supporters laid seige to the district jail demanding that they should also be arrested. Some even tried to scale the jail wall to enter it. When tear gas shells and warning shots failed to deter supporters, the police fired rubber bullets in which three persons were injured.

“The situation is tense but under control. The injured have been admitted to the district hospital. All of them declared safe,” Ajay Chauhan, a senior district official, told the Sunday Pioneer.

Earlier, the BJP workers had a field day even in the presence of large contingent of security forces and under the strict monitoring of the Election Commission. All the entry points to the district headquarter were sealed. Police barricades were erected with an attempt to prevent Varun Gandhi from entering Pilibhit. The district administration, media and even the local BJP leaders were left to speculate about Varun’s<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
As the affidavits are prepared, Gandhi is sitting alone on a chair. Is he overwhelmed by his circumstance? "Yes," he replies. If you could unravel it all, would you? "If I could, I would undo it all," he says. "I have been brought up in a very different environment. I would undo it because I don't want 250 million people (Muslims) to think I am basing my career options on opposing or vilifying them."

Why haven't you said this to the media in your earlier statements? "Nobody has asked me. I stand by the things I said in my speech, but I was reacting to a local situation. I was not voicing my views about a community in general."

Is he riding a wave? "I have not stepped out of my house for eight days. I have not gone from studio to studio giving interviews. Does that look like someone riding a wave? I've been deeply hurt by all of this."

Did he say what is alleged? Or was the CD doctored?
Indian police probably the most useless in the entire world. They will run like cowards when sulla terrorists show up, but are brave enough to fire on unarmed hindus. Time and time again, they have demonstrated their treason.

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