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Setback for mother-son duo, Maneka & Varun Gandhi dropped from BJP National Executive

Setback for mother-son duo, Maneka & Varun Gandhi dropped from BJP National Executive

BJP, on Thursday, released the list of the new National Executive Committee with 80 members. Few prominent leaders didn’t make it to the list, among them were Maneka and Varun Gandhi. Also senior BJP leader, Subramanian Swamy couldn’t find mention in the new list.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday, released a fresh list of new Executive Committee with 80 members. The list raised several eyebrows as several prominent leaders were dropped from the list as well as some new faces also made it to the list. Among the leaders who were dropped from the list were Varun Gandhi (MP from Philibhit), his mother Maneka Gandhi (MP from Sultanpur), Subramanian Swamy (MP, Rajya Sabha), and Chaudhary Birendra Singh (Former Union Minister). The list also saw fresh new faces that will now be a part of the crucial committee. Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ashwini Vaishnaw are such new faces that made it to the list. 

Apart from the regular 80 members, the executive committee will also have 50 special invitees and 179 permanent invitees. Incidentally, 37 of the 80 members are the union ministers and a number of ministers from the state are part of the committee and this leaves less space for the ordinary members of the saffron party to become part of the deliberative mechanism of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

Rumors are rife that the expulsion of Varun Gandhi comes after he has been regularly targeting his own party in regards to the three farm laws. The Lok Sabha MP from Philibhit, recently, was also critical of the Uttar Pradesh government in dealing with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and death case. He has been urging the UP Chief Minister to take cognizance of the matter and to do justice to the ones who lost their lives in the incident. Subramanian Swamy was also removed from the list and the reason is said to be his failure of following the party’s line on several occasions.

This is the first rejig of the committee by the BJP President JP Nadda since he took office in January 2020. The National Executive Council meeting is scheduled to take place on November 7 in New Delhi. Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will also be a part of the committee. 

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