The Election Commission's (EC) advisory on Varun Gandhi's candidature was sent out only after watching the video tape of his controversial speech, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami in Bangalore on Tuesday. Now, it is up to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to accept or reject the advisory, he added.
“We have seen the tape. We are satisfied. We have issued the advisory. It is only an advice. If it is not taken (by BJP leaders), it is not taken. Our duty ends there,” Gopalaswamy said.
He hinted that law does not permit the poll panel to pass orders on such issues. In fact, the EC has made certain recommendations - including one to keep criminals out of electoral politics long ago, but the government has not acted upon them so far.
On charges by BJP leaders that the Election Commission did not take note of Samajawadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav though he threatened a woman IAS officer, Gopalaswami refused to comment as he was not aware of the details of the case. The CEC was in Bangalore to interact with the leaders of political parties and to review the poll arrangements.