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Signal to Opposition alliance: Mayawati acts against party leader for Rahul’s foreign origin remark

BSP chief Mayawati said Singh made the remarks in his personal capacity and it doesn't reflect the party's view.

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Lucknow |
Updated: July 18, 2018 3:59:12 am
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi. (file photo)

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday removed party national vice-president Jai Prakash Singh from his post, a day after he said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi can never aspire to be prime minister due to his “mother’s foreign origin”.

Distancing the party from his remarks, Mayawati said he made them in his personal capacity and they go against BSP’s “humanitarian thinking and policies”.

On Monday, attacking Congress president Rahul Gandhi at a gathering of BSP workers in Lucknow had said that Rahul’s foreign blood would not allow him to be the king of this country and lead it. The statement was made by Singh at a time when various Opposition parties are trying to forge an alliance against the ruling BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha election.

“About yesterday’s BSP workers meet… especially about the speech from Jai Prakash Singh, I got to know that he went against the humanitarian thinking and policies of our party and made personal comments on the top leaders of our Opposition parties. This is against BSP culture and BSP has nothing to do with it,” Mayawati said.

“Taking this very seriously, for the benefit of the party and the movement, we have immediately removed new appointed party national vice-president Singh from his post. He also has been removed from the post of party national coordinator,” she added.

Mayawati warned BSP leaders of speaking against the top leadership of Opposition parties. She also asked them to refrain from making any statements about the BSP joining hands with other Opposition parties.

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