Priyanka, a first-time MP who had defeated Congress stalwart P L Punia from Barabanki, had issued a letter appointing her father Uttam Ram as her representative for executing all government and development work in her constituency. He was also authorised to represent her in all official meetings at district level. Ram’s appointment was done on May 26, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in at New Delhi.
On Sunday, Priyanka issued a letter stating that her order appointing Uttam Ram had been withdrawn. No reason was given for removing Ram. Later, she told mediapersons that Ram had been appointed on a temporary basis and the next appointment will be done in consultation with the local BJP unit.
Priyanka earlier claimed that she had appointed her father due to infighting in the local BJP unit. She had issued her own circular and sent its copy to all district level officers including DM, SP, CDO and even SDM and CO level officers. Local BJP workers were also annoyed over decision as it meant imposing her father on them who lives in Lucknow.
Earlier, to discourage the system of ministers appointing relatives as personal staff, the Modi government, in its first order, said ministers will have to choose from a general pool.