Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday removed party national vice-president Jai Prakash Singh from his post, a day after he discredited Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a prime ministerial candidate while referring to his “mother’s foreign origin”.
Distancing the party from his remarks, Mayawati said that Singh made them in his personal capacity and it does not reflect the “humanitarian ideology and policies” of the BSP.
“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.
At a party workers zonal meeting in Lucknow on Monday, Singh made several comments on Gandhi and his foreign ancestry from his mother Sonia Gandhi’s side.
“Had Rahul Gandhi looked like his father [Rajiv Gandhi], he could have had a chance of success in Indian politics but he turned out like his mother [Sonia Gandhi], who is a foreigner. His blood is foreign. I can tell you with all surety that Rahul Gandhi can never succeed in Indian politics,” he said.
Singh backed his party chief as the prime ministerial candidate, saying there was only one alternative left in the country, Mayawati, and that Gandhi “does not stand anywhere.”
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.