Update: Dayashankar Singh removed as BJP UP Vice President for his derogatory remarks against BSP Chief Mayawati.
New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday demanded that BJP leader Dayashankar Singh should be immediately arrested for comparing her to a prostitute even as Arun Jaitley regretted the party leader’s remarks.
Dayashankar Singh, a vice-president of BJP’s UP unit, kicked off a controversy, saying “when it comes to distribution of BSP tickets, Mayawati’s conduct is worse than a prostitute.” He later apologized for his remarks against Mayawati.
Dayashankar Singh’s comments rocked the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament and leaders across parties condemned his remarks. “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.
“Dayashankar Singh should be arrested. Otherwise, if in response to this people get violent, it will not be on my conscience,” the BSP chief said. Mayawati said that the nation will not forgive the BJP for this, especially with what is going on in Gujarat.
BSP leader BSP leader SP Mishra demanded that Dayashankar Singh should be booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act and should be arrested and sent to jail immediately. “I am personally hurt that a BJP party person used such derogatory words against Mayawati,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha.
UP BJP chief Keshav Maurya said action would be taken against Dayashankar Singh if he does not apologise for the remarks. “I think this is wrong and I apologise. Such words shouldn’t be used. We have asked him to apologise for his remarks. If he does not apologise, we will take action,” he said.
Immediately after Maurya’s comments, Dayashankar Singh tendered apology for his remarks. “I apologise for the remark I made against Mayawait,” he said.