Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Thursday night welcomed the release on parole of the party's Pilibhit candidate Varun Gandhi and said the young leader would "certainly" campaign for the party.
Varun Gandhi, who was released from Etah Jail in Uttar Pradesh in the evening, reached the national capital after 10 pm. A large crowd of party supporters were present to welcome him.
Varun Gandhi had taken a chartered flight from Agra to the capital. He did not speak to the media.
Rajnath Singh, asked by reporters, said he was very happy at the Supreme Court giving Varun Gandhi a two-week parole. "I am very happy he has been released. And he will certainly campaign for the party," Singh told reporters.
Varun Gandhi was arrested March 28 for his campaign speeches allegedly vilifying Muslims. The Uttar Pradesh government slapped provisions of the stringent National Security Act on him, which Varun Gandhi has challenged.