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Six Rajasthan BSP MLAs join Congress




Move after Mayawati attacked party.

A day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati attacked the Congress over the infant deaths in a government hospital in Congress-ruled Rajasthan, six BSP lawmakers from the State formally joined the Congress after meeting party president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.

Stepping up her attack on Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Ms. Mayawati had demanded his resignation for making insensitive remarks.

Charging Mr. Gehlot with making political statements that were irresponsible and unsympathetic, Ms. Mayawati tweeted, “This is highly shameful.” 

The BSP chief added that “Mr. Gehlot be dismissed and replaced by a new dispensation otherwise more women will lose their children.” 

On Thursday, Ms. Mayawati also attacked Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for being silent on the infant deaths at a government-run hospital in Rajasthan’s Kota and not visiting the mothers who lost their babies.

Though the Congress didn’t get into a war of words, it seems to have reacted by making all the six BSP MLAs join the party. 

“The six MLAs met the Congress president and formally took the Congress membership. They also told the Congress president that they would support the party unconditionally,” All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge for Rajasthan Avinash Pande said.

Earlier too, the six BSP MLAs had extended their ‘unconditional support’ to the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan.

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