Addressing a meeting of party workers here on Monday, Mr. Singh had dismissed Mr. Gandhi as an alternative to Narendra Modi for Prime Minister in the 2019 election, and said there was only one alternative left in the country, Mayawati.

“Had Rahul Gandhi looked like his father Rajiv Gandhi, he could have had a chance of success in Indian politics, but he turned out in looks like his mother [Sonia Gandhi], who is a foreigner. His blood is foreign. I can tell you with all confidence that Rahul Gandhi can never succeed in Indian politics,” Mr. Singh said.

BSP State president R.S. Kushwaha and general secretary Veer Singh were present at the meeting.

On Tuesday, Ms. Mayawati said Mr. Singh’s views did not reflect the BSP’s “humanitarian ideology and policies.” It was also “against the BSP’s culture” to make personal comments on the top leaders of rival parties, she said.

The BSP supremo, who is in talks with the Congress for an alliance in the coming State elections, asked party workers and leaders in all States to refrain from making comments on alliance until the party leadership made a formal announcement.

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