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Young BJP MP appoints father as her official rep

Priyanka Rawat says she wants to keep local BJP unit together.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: May 31, 2014 2:14 am
On her Facebook page, seen with father Uttam Ram, husband Raghuram On her Facebook page, seen with father Uttam Ram, husband Raghuram

To discourage the system of ministers appointing relatives as personal staff, the Modi government, in its first order, said ministers would have to choose from a general pool. The circular, though restricted to ministers, was meant to send a message down the rank and file.

But BJP’s Priyanka Singh Rawat, a 27-year-old first-time MP from Barabanki, has officially appointed her father as her representative for all government and development work in her constituency.

She issued her own circular, signing it on May 26, the day Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister. It clearly states that Uttam Ram, a retired Provincial Development Services officer, has been appointed as her representative, and is authorised to conduct all government and development work. Copies of the circular have been sent to all district officers including the district magistrate and superintendent of police.

Priyanka, who defeated Congress MP P L Punia, said she appointed her father to avoid deepening the divide within the local BJP unit.

“Everybody knows that the BJP in Barabanki is divided in two factions led by the present district president and the former one. If I had appointed a party man from one group, the other group would have opposed it. So, I appointed my father who is also my political guru,” she told The Indian Express.

Her father Uttam Ram said he was appointed before the circular from the Department of Personnel and Training became known. Priyanka is married to Raghuram, an Indian Revenue Services officer.

Sharad Awasthi, the district unit BJP president, claimed that Priyanka never sought his advice on appointment of a representative.

When she was reminded about the DoPT circular, Priyanka said there was no option since the two BJP factions in Barabanki would have made it a prestige issue.

“My father is also a very old BJP worker though he was not on any post. I tried my best to patch up the two groups but failed,” she said.

Uttam Ram, who retired as a block development officer, said: “For me, the post is irrelevant. I have held a chair for long. She is a new MP and may not be able to devote time in Barabanki due to her engagements in Delhi. It is the discretion of the MP to appoint anyone as her representative.”

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  1. I
    May 31, 2014 at 3:34 am
    She should not have done it . Next time don't give a seat for undisciplined fellows
    1. L
      May 31, 2014 at 11:47 am
      “My father is also a very old BJP worker...", said Priyanka Singh Rawat, a 27-year-old first-time MP from Barabanki.Who is very old? BJP or Ms. Rawat's father, who presumably was a government officer? If so, then how Ms. Rawat could have been a "very old BJP worker"?Old wine in new bottle?
      1. M
        MK Vyas
        May 31, 2014 at 8:08 am
        Ye kabhi nahi sudharege. However NaMo may try .
        1. N
          Jun 1, 2014 at 1:21 pm
          read what happened later ...
          1. H
            May 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm
            Very bad defense from the MP. She could easily find someone outside her consuency to do the job. This is a lie and people will not take it. And shame to the father, who is an ex govt' officer. Now he knows it was not per rule, the gentleman should resign. That would help his daughter from embarrment.
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