Mayawati slams EAC-PM chair Debroy’s call for ‘new Constitution’ — ‘open breach of jurisdiction’

Lucknow: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati Friday lashed out at Bibek Debroy, chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), over his call for a ‘new Constitution’ in a newspaper column, terming it an “open breach of his jurisdiction”. 

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister asked the central government to take immediate action against him.

Taking to social media platform ‘X’, Mayawati said: “The Constitution of the country is a guarantee of humanity and egality for the 140 crore poor, backward and neglected people and this is not liked by selfish, narrow and casteist elements, who call for converting it into anti-people and pro-rich. It is everyone’s responsibility to oppose this.”

She further wrote: “The advocacy for a new Constitution by chairman of the Economic Advisory Council Bibek Debroy is an open breach of his jurisdiction which the central government should take note of immediately and take action so that in future, no one can have the audacity to make such unrestrained remarks.”

Despite allegations of siding with the BJP, Mayawati has made it a point to put forth her stand on several issues in the past, like inflation, unemployment, religious polarisation and casteism etc.

Last month, she had said that while the BSP does not oppose the contentious Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the party felt that the issue was being reignited by the BJP and its government “to hide its faults and distract the public’s attention” from the same.

In a column published in Mint Tuesday, Debroy had called for a new Constitution, stating that there was a need to go back to the drawing board, start from the first principles and ask what the words in the Preamble mean in the present time.

On Thursday, the EAM-PM too distanced itself from its chairman’s remarks, stating that the article was written in his “personal capacity” and in no way reflected the views of the EAC-PM of the Government of India.

“The recent article by Dr @bibekdebroy was in his personal capacity. In no way do they reflect the views of EAC-PM or the Government of India,” read a post issued from the official handle of EAC-PM on social media platform X, Thursday.

(Edited by Gitanjali Das)

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