There has been speculation that Varun Gandhi has removed ‘BJP’ from his bio on his Twitter profile after the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri. Zee News claimed that the BJP MP from Pilibhit has removed his party affiliation from his Twitter profile amidst the political slugfest that has erupted.
His Twitter account does show that Varun Gandhi does not have ‘BJP’ in his bio. What it does not say, however, is when was BJP removed from it or whether if he mentioned his party affiliation in his bio ever at all.
The Pilibhit MP’s comments on social media have led many to believe that there are differences between him and his party over the issue of ‘farmer protests’. In the aftermath of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, he paid “homage” to the farmers who were “martyred” in the incident.
लखीमपुर खीरी की हृदय-विदारक घटना में शहीद हुए किसानों को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित करता हूँ। इस प्रकरण में उत्तर प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री जी से सख्त कार्यवाही करने का निवेदन करता हूँ। pic.twitter.com/e2tE1x4z3T— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) October 4, 2021
A few days back, Varun Gandhi had penned a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, informing the latter of the fundamental problems faced by farmers, and expressed hope that the issues will be resolved soon.
किसानों की बुनियादी समस्याओं को इंगित करता मेरा पत्र उत्तर प्रदेश के माननीय मुख्यमंत्री श्री योगी आदित्यनाथ जी के नाम, उम्मीद है कि भूमिपुत्रों की बात ज़रूर सुनी जाएगी; pic.twitter.com/4rw8AduP0y— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) September 12, 2021
Nonetheless, there were no indications that he was displeased with his party or that he was mulling quitting the party. Nevertheless, it led to speculations and since he does not have BJP in his Twitter bio, some speculated that he had removed the same after the violence at Lakhimpur Kheri.
Did Varun Gandhi remove ‘BJP’ from his Twitter bio after violence at Lakhimpur Kheri?
There is sufficient evidence to indicate that Varun Gandhi did not remove BJP from his bio recently. When we checked his profile on Internet Archive, we found that there was no BJP in his bio in September 2021.
Similarly, there was no BJP in his bio in May as well.
In fact, Internet Archive shows that his Twitter bio was the same in January 2020 as well. And there was no BJP in it.
Thus, it can be safely concluded that Varun Gandhi has not dropped BJP from his Twitter bio in the aftermath of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.