Congress MLA from Rae Bareli Aditi Singh on Wednesday participated in a special session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly convened on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, defying her party's decision to boycott the event. She attended the special 36-hour session that began on Wednesday and spoke in the House. Opposition parties, including Samajwadi Party, BSP, Congress and SBSJ, boycotted the proceedings, claiming the state government was just out to set a record.
Aditi Singh is an MLA from UP's Raebareli district, which is Congress president Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha seat. Aditi's father Akhilesh Singh was known to be close to the Gandhi family. Aditi Singh also considered close to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi. However, she did not attend a march led Priyanka Gandhi in Lucknow.
There are reports saying that Aditi Singh may join BJP soon. However, she has denied any such move so far.
Asked about speaking in the House, despite the boycott by the opposition, she said, "If you heard my speech, I only spoke about development and sustainable development goals. I practice politics the way my father used to do it -- whatever I feel is correct, I do it."
Aditi Singh,Congress: I did this because out of the 17 sustainable development goals,UP qualifies for 16. I had the opportunity to speak on those issues. If we want to pay true tributes to Mahatma Gandhi we'll have to follow his path&it can only happen if country develops.(02.10) https://t.co/g0X1tcQA1N pic.twitter.com/sijJfSP4TD— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 2, 2019
Singh said that she came to the house and participated in discussions as she felt that it was an appropriate thing to do.
When asked if she had deviated from the party line, she said, "I rose above party line and tried to speak on development... This is my first and foremost priority."
Asked whether the party might initiate action against her, Singh said, "It is the party's call and whatever decision they will take, I am ready to accept it. I did whatever I felt was appropriate."
Asked she was likely to take any big decision, she said, "For me, the big decision is to work more in the constituency."