Mayawati removes BSP vice-president Jai Prakash Singh for comments against Rahul Gandhi
While pitching for Mayawati as the next Prime Minister of the country after 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Jai Prakash Singh had rejected Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's credentials to lead the country ever.
LUCKNOW: As a face-saving exercise, BSP chief Mayawati cracked the whip on party's newly appointed vice-president and party coordinator Jai Prakash Singh on Tuesday removing him from both the party posts for his unsavoury comments against Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a workers meet in Lucknow on Monday. While pitching for Mayawati as the next Prime Minister of the country after 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Jai Prakash Singh had rejected Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's credentials to lead the country ever.
Announcing removal of Jai Prakash from the post of party vice-president and national coordinator, the BSP chief said: "I have come to know the party's newly appointed vice-president Jai Prakash Singh made some personal remarks against the leadership of rival parties and the BSP doesn't approve it. It could be his personal opinion which was against BSP ideology of 'humanitarianism'." She added that owing to his irresponsible comments and remarks over the leaders of other parties he was being removed from his party posts with immediate effect.
"BSP has always respected all religions and ideologies of other parties. Jai Prakash's remarks are not in sync with party culture," she said while reading out her statement to the media persons in Delhi. However, the BSP chief cautiously skipped the proposal floated by Jai Prakash Singh projecting her as the next PM.
Mindful of the fact that such comments may jeopardise her efforts to cobble up a grand alliance of SP, BSP, Congress and RLD in UP ahead of 2019, Mayawati dropped a word of caution for her party cadre asking them to express their thoughts only about the ideology and policies of the blue brigade. "I want to make it clear to all the party workers-senior and junior - that they are supposed to talk only about the party ideologies, ideologues and also the party president without indulging in criticism of any leader of other parties at conferences and meets ," she pointed out.
Disapproving the slogans ranted at the workers' meet, the BSP chief also asked the party cadre to refrain from speaking anything about the prospective grand alliance at any level. "They should leave the grand alliance issue to the party high command," Mayawati maintained.
Notably, During BSP coordinators' meeting in Lucknow on Monday, Singh had stated that Rahul Gandhi was unfit to become country's Prime Minister as he was more like his foreigner mother (Sonia Gandhi) rather than his father Rajiv Gandhi. Jai Prakash had also claimed that Rahul Gandhi would never be successful in Indian politics.
During the meeting, the BSP coordinator had announced that behenji, as Mayawati is popularly known, will be projected as India's first Dalit Prime Minister to the run up to Lok Sabha polls. He claimed that Modi will be defeated by Mayawati. As per the party sources, action against Jai Prakash, apparently more of a posturing, had come as his remarks may affect Mayawati's efforts to strike an alliance with the Congress in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan.