BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday demanded that BJP leader Dayashankar Singh should be immediately arrested for his derogatory remarks against her even as Arun Jaitley regretted the party leader’s slur.
“These kind of derogatory statements show that BJP is frustrated with the growing public support for BSP,” Mayawati said outside Parliament. Singh had passed a shocking remark while trying to highlight the rampant corruption in the allocation of tickets in the BSP.
“I have been the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for four times. I have been a Lok Sabha member also. But, I have never used derogatory words against anyone,” Mayawati said in the Rajya Sabha.
“Dayashankar has not abused me. He has abused his mother, sister and all women of the country,” she said. Mayawati demanded immediate expulsion of Dayashankar from the BJP.
“Mayawati does not have any standing in UP. She has shattered the dreams of Kanshi Ram. Look at the way Mayawati is selling tickets, even a prostitute keeps her commitment. But look at a leader like Mayawati who sells a ticket for Rs. 1 crore, then after some time if another is willing to pay Rs. 2 crore, she will give the ticket to him. Mayawati has become worse than a prostitute,” he said in Mhow. The leader later apologised for his comments.
“Dayashankar Singh’s remarks are unacceptable, we decided to remove him from all party posts with an immediate effect,” BJP chief in Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya, said.
The remarks drew severe flak from members in the Rajya Sabha, including women MPs, with Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien saying that the House wants the government to ensure that stringent action is taken against the BJP leader, as per law, for his “unforgivable” comments.
There was all-round condemnation of Singh for his remarks by MPs including Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, DMK’s Kanimozhi, Congress’ Kumari Selja and Renuka Chowdhury, TK Rangarajan of the Left, and Satish Chandra Mishra of the BSP.
A visibly–agitated Mayawati herself tore through the BJP in her speech in the Rajya Sabha. “His (Singh’s) remarks apply for his sister and daughter and not for me. The whole country will not forgive BJP…The people will come on the streets,” she said.