The BJP Wednesday sacked its new Uttar Pradesh vice-president Dayashankar Singh from all party posts after he made derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati, sparking an uproar in Parliament and leaving red faces in the BJP.
Speaking at a meeting in Mau district Tuesday where he was being felicitated by BJP workers, Singh, while accusing Mayawati of selling party election tickets, questioned her character, saying her behaviour was worse than that of a prostitute and it was the reason why followers of Kanshi Ram were deserting her.
“Ek vaishya se bhi badtar charitra ki aaj Mayawati ji ho gayi hain. Isi liye Kanshi Ram ke banaye karyakarta unka saath chhod kar ja rahe hain aur BSP samapt ho rai hai… Mayawati ji kisi ko 1 crore me ticket deti hain. Koi 2 crore dene wala milta hai to usey ticket de deti hain aur shaam ko koi 3 crore dene ko taiyyar hota hai to usey de deti hain (Mayawati gives a ticket for one crore which she changes if she is offered 2 crore. And she changes even that ticket if she is offered 3 crore the same evening),” Singh said.
A videotape of Singh’s remarks circulated on social networks and created a storm, inviting condemnation from all around. In Rajya Sabha, where Mayawati was present, Leader of House Arun Jaitley expressed regret and promised action. “It is not right and I condemn the use of such words and I will look into this matter. I express personal regrets. I associate our dignity with yours and stand with you,” Jaitley told the BSP leader, addressing her as “Behen Mayawati”.
In her remarks, Mayawati said she was “grateful” to Jaitley and the Opposition leaders for supporting her: “What that BJP leader (Dayashankar Singh) has said, he said it not to me but to his sister and his daughter because people treat me like their daughter and sister. The country will not forgive the BJP for encouraging such people.”
“I did not marry and consider the entire country’s oppressed as my family. I have always followed my mentor Kanshi Ram’s advice to take (donation) from the underprivileged and not industrialists.” She cautioned the government that she will not be responsible if people hit the streets over the issue.
UP BJP president Keshav Maurya, while announcing the decision to sack Singh, told all office-bearers and workers of the party in the state that “such language has no place in the party”.
In Rajya Sabha, members were chatting after House proceedings had been adjourned until 3 pm, when Vivek Gupta of Trinamool Congress passed his smartphone to BSP MP Ashok Siddharth who saw the video of Singh’s remarks. He rushed with the phone to Mayawati who was sitting in the front row. She took a pen and began writing on a paper sheet.