The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday welcomed the revocation of National Security Act (NSA) charges against Varun Gandhi and termed the move as a "rebuff to those who tried to implicate him".
"It is a big rebuff to those who played vendetta politics and vote bank politics. The entire country should know that all those Lalu (Prasad), Mayawati and others who tried to implicate Varun have been given a befitting reply," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told a television channel.
The advisory board of the Allahabad High Court on Friday evening "strongly recommended the immediate revocation" of the NSA provisions against Varun Gandhi, the BJP candidate from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party government in the state had booked Gandhi under the stringent NSA and jailed him in March after he made hate speeches at two election rallies.
"We knew from day one that this (invoking NSA) would not stay," Prasad said.
"The BJP is not a family oriented party. He will be given due consideration in the party," said the BJP spokesperson when asked if he would be the face of the party for the fifth phase of the elections on Wednesday.
Former law minister and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said, "I am glad that justice has been done. That decision is binding."