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Jai Prakash Singh: From non-entity to Maya Man Friday and ‘back’

BSP president Mayawati had appointed Jai Prakash Singh as a national coordinator of the party during the national executive meeting in May this year.

lucknow Updated: Jul 18, 2018 13:25 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Jai Prakash,Mayawati,Rahul Gandhi
Jai Prakash Singh was sacked as BSP’s national coordinator by party chief Mayawati on July 17, 2018, for his comments against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)

When Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati projected party leader Jai Prakash Singh as her trusted aide during the national executive meeting in the last week of May, the move surprised BSP leaders as Singh was a non-entity in the party.

She announced the removal of her brother Anand Kumar from the post of party’s vice president and appointment of Jai Prakash Singh and Rajya Sabha member Vir Singh as national coordinators of the party.

In less than two months’ time, Mayawati sacked Jai Singh from the posts of vice-president and national coordinator.

Action against Singh came a day after he made personal comments against Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi while addressing a party workers’ meet here on Monday.

“Had Rahul Gandhi been like his father (former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi), there was some hope. However, he followed the footsteps of his mother Sonia Gandhi who is a foreigner. Therefore, he will never succeed in Indian politics,” Singh had said.

The fall of Singh in the BSP has been as sudden as was his rise.

Introducing Singh to party leaders during the national executive meeting, Mayawati had said Singh was a Dalit and committed to the ideals of the BSP.

A resident of Gautam Buddh Nagar district and son of a teacher, Singh started participating in the activities of the BSP from the age of 24.

His parents opposed his political activities but instead of succumbing to pressure he left home to become a full-time party worker.

He shifted to a single-room accommodation in Delhi with the help of local BSP leaders. Later, he decided to remain unmarried and broke his relationship with his family as well.

“He is committed to the ideology of the BSP. I have full faith in his loyalty and commitment. Therefore, I have decided to give an important responsibility to him,” Mayawati had said.

On Monday, a large number of BSP workers gathered at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow to listen to Singh’s address .

He started by launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was applauded by party leaders.

However, in an attempt to project Mayawati as the future prime minister, Singh made a personal attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi claiming he would never become the country’s prime minister as his mother was a foreigner.

Singh’s comments did not go well with the BSP leadership and led to his removal from the top posts.

Announcing Singh’s removal, Mayawati warned the BSP leadership against deviating from the party line while addressing public meetings or workers conference.

She asked the leaders not to make personal comments on leaders of opposition parties but highlight the BSP’s policies and icons.

Mayawati asked the leaders to deliver written speeches and not to use abusive language against opposition leaders.

First Published: Jul 18, 2018 13:25 IST