BSP Supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has inducted two of her kins into the party and introduced them at a public rally in Meerut yesterday.
BSP Supremo and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has inducted two of her kins into the party and introduced them at a public rally in Meerut yesterday. The rally was her first since the Assembly polls in which her party’s dismal performance raised question marks over her political future, Times of India reported today. The two kins are her brother Anand Kumar and Kumar’s son Akash.
Mayawati’s move comes at a time when India is debating dynastic politics, which started after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently said that dynasties are commonplace in India, from politics to business, and stressed that a persons capabilities are more important than pedigree.
In April, Mayawati had appointed Anand Kumar as BSP vice-president. “I announce my brother Anand Kumar as the party’s national vice president with the condition that he will never become MP, MLA, minister of chief minister,” she had then said.
Last year in December, Enforcement Directorate had informed the I-T department and shared relevant documents with regard to its detection of cash deposits totalling over Rs 104 crore in an account of the BSP and another Rs 1.43 crore in an account belonging to Mayawati’s brother Anand in a bank branch in Delhi, PTI had reported. Mayawati resigned as Rajya Sabha member in July this year.
During an event at the University of California, Berkeley on September 12, Rahul Gandhi was asked whether the Congress party was more associated with dynastic politics. In reply, Gandhi argued that India is being run by dynasties. “Most parties in India have that problem So…Mr Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Mr Stalin (son of M Karunanidhi in DMK) is a dynast… even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. So that’s how India runs. So don’t get after me because that’s how they India is run. By the way, last, I recall, Mr Ambanis are running the business. That’s also going on in Infosys. So that’s what happens in India,” Gandhi had said.
In the rally on Monday, Mayawati had lashed out at Narendra Modi government, saying the situation in the country was “worse than Emergency” with central agencies being “let loose” on opposition leaders. “Various arms and agencies of the central government like Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax (IT) have been let loose on opposition leaders to intimidate them and muzzle their voice,” she told a large gathering of supporters and party workers in Saharanpur,” IANS reported her as saying.