Assembly polls: BJP abandons Varun Gandhi

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New Delhi, Sep 30: In what may as well be the fallout of the failure of 'hate speech' for both Varun Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party's poster boy has not been named as a campaigner in any of the three poll-bound states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunchal Pradesh.

This comes after political analysts attributed BJP's drubbing in the Lok Sabha Polls was key factors including the inflammatory speech delivered by Varun Gandhi in his constituency, Pilibhit.

In the speakers' list submitted by the party to the Election Commission ailing veteran leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee tops the list followed by LK Advani. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address election rallies in Maharashtra and Haryana, Indian Express reports.

When asked why this decision to was taken to leave out Varun Gandhi, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reportedly said, “These lists are to ensure that their helicopter expenses are recorded with the Election Commission. These lists are constituted in accordance with the views of the party's state units.

"This doesn't, however, mean that there are no other star campaigners in the party, or those not mentioned cannot go for campaigns."

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