Mayawati removes party leader who criticised Rahul Gandhi’s candidature for PM post


New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati removed Jai Prakash Singh from the post of party national coordinator on Tuesday for opposing Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The leader on Monday had claimed that Congress president Rahul Gandhi cannot become the country’s prime minister due to his “mother’s foreign origin”.

Jai Prakash Singh had commented on the foreign origin of Sonia Gandhi in an effort to position the BSP supremo as a better candidate for the top post. “It is high time Mayawati became the country’s prime minister,” Jai Prakash Singh had said at the party’s first workers’ conference on Monday.

Praising her pivotal role in making HD Kumaraswamy the chief minister of Karnataka the removed BSP leader had said that Mayawati has emerged as a powerful politician. She is the only ‘dabang’ (fearless) leader who can stop the winning chariot of the BJP.

Mayawati possessed better credentials to occupy the country’s future prime minister post because she was a “grassroots leader who has served as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister four times, he added.

Mayawati’s action comes at a time when Opposition parties in the country are trying to put up a united front against the Narendra Modi-led BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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