BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's controversial remark against Mayawati came at a time when the party was battling the Opposition over the Dalit issue in Gujarat.
While atrocities towards Dalits sparked a debate in both Houses on Wednesday, Dayashankar Singh’s sexist comment against Mayawati fanned the fire even more. Soon after Singh’s comments, he was removed from his post and later suspended from BJP. The controversy against BJP Uttar Pradesh VP comes at a time when the party was already battling the Opposition parties over the violence against Dalits in Gujarat.
On Wednesday, a senior BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh started a major row by making derogatory remarks against BSP Chief Mayawati that drew severe criticism from parties while an embarrassed BJP expressed regret but furore over the issue hasn’t died till now.
Gujarat continues to boil over the assaults on Dalits, while anger over the derogatory remarks on Dalit leader Mayawati is no less. Here is a LIVE coverage of how events are unfolding in both the scenarios.
5.44 pm: As far as Rahul Gandhi is concerned, Rahul and responsibility don’t go with each other: Sambit Patra from BJP said.
5.38 pm: Want to tell Rahul ji that Ambedkar ji and Nehru ji had different ideologies.Congress has always been against the dalits and not BJP: BJP
5.00 pm: Rahul and relaxation goes with each other; Rahul sleeping yesterday was a tokenism of 70 years. Nation calls him the Sleeping Prince, Smabit Patra said.
04.34 pm: It is request to the Centre, that in case of Dalit atrocities, fast track proceedings should be implemented. When Congress is in power and BJP is in Opposition or vice versa, they politicize such issues. Which I believe should not be done: Mayawati in relation to Una Dalit case.
04.30 pm: If an appropriate action is not taken in this case, it will continue to linger like Rohith Vemula’s case, says Mayawati
04.28 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the issue will be probed by CID. Par hume pata hai ki aisa tabhi kia jaata hai jab ya to maamla latkaana ho ya maamla nazar se hatana ho, says Mayawati in Rajya Sabha
04.27 pm: In the name of gau-rakshak, Dalits are being exploited. In Una, the assault carried out against those Dalit men was witnessed by the Central govt silently.
04.25 pm: Whenever there is an assault carried out agianst Dalit, forget about the proceedings, even an FIR is not filed immediately in that case.
04.23 pm: Centre celebrated Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary with much pomp, while on the other hand they continued dealing with private sector wherein Dalits have no reservation: Mayawati
04.20 pm: Dalit logo ko kanuni adhikaar to mila hai, par wo sachai se kabhi implement nahi kia gaya hai: Mayawati
04.19 pm: Atrocities towards Dalits is an important issue. India has been independent since the last 69 years and since our Independence, Congress has been at power the maximum times. Be it BJP or congress, Dalit and Adivasi continue to face assaults, says Mayawati
04.15 pm: Their protests have motivated me to work towards the progress of Dalits. It would have been had BJP filed an FIR against him rather than just expelling him from the party: Mayawati in Rajya Sabha
04.10 pm: All parties have condemned what Dayashankar said. I am happy to see such support from everybody, says Mayawati in Rajya Sabha.
04.06 pm: What happened in Una (Gujarat) is totally condemnable. State goernment not only condemned it but took prompt action, says M Venkaiah Naidu
3.54 pm: Dayashankar Singh’s brother detained by police in Ballia, UP for questioning about former’s whereabouts
3.51 pm: Don’t politicize this issue. If we can unite against Pakistan in various issues, we ought to get together against this issue as well, says Athawale.
3.45 pm: Rajya Sabha discusses atrocities against Dalits. Humaari sarkar se pehle bhi dalit par atyachaar hota tha, says Ramdas Athawale
03.00 pm: What Dayashankar Singh said, I think its Dayashankar’s family which is like that. There is something wrong with his DNA, I think he is an illegitimate child, comments BSP MLA Usha Chaudhary.
#WATCH BSP MLA Usha Chaudhary calls Dayashankar Singh an “illegitimate child”, says “something wrong with his DNA”https://t.co/4B9yCyK6HT
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 21, 2016
02.40 pm: Ahmed Patel, Congress questiones the silence of PM Narendra Modi on the Una Dalit incident through his tweet:
Why is the Prime Minister silent over the atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat? Didn’t he seek votes in the name of the Gujarat Model?
— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) July 21, 2016
02.12 pm: BSP ends dharna at Hazratganj chowk after getting assurance from DM to arrest Dayashankar in next 36 hours.
02.11 pm: I want to tell BJP that, suspending him wasn’t enough. If BJP leaders themselves filed an FIR against Dayashankar Singh, then they would have won my heart, remarks BSP supremo.
02.08 pm: My supporters treat me like a Devi. They are angry at the language used for me and I cannot control them, says Mayawati
02.07 pm: Dalit atrocities are on a rise. The community will not forgive BJP, says Sharad Yadav
02.05 pm: Sharad Yadav speaks about Dalit atrocities in Rajya Sabha.
02.02 pm: Removing from party is a normal process. It would have been better if they (BJP) had registered FIR against him, says Mayawati, BSP Chief
01.36 pm: What is the need to protest, when we have laready taken a strict action?, asks Sanjeev Balyan, Union Minister
01.26 pm: After Lucknow and Delhi, BSP workers stage protests in Mumbai
01.19 pm: If Mayawati ji is attacked again we’ll stand with her again. But if she wants to use this in the upcoming polls then she should forget about it, retorts Uma Bharti on Dayashanakar controversy.
01.14 pm: We are the same BJP, we have atoned for Dayashankar’s slur. We have taken action. I know how she must feel as a woman, says Uma Bharti on Dayashankar’s derogatory remark against Mayawati.
01. 02 pm: No one takes Rahul Gandhi seriously, remarks Patra.
01.00 pm: Rahul Gandhi was yesterday caught napping in the House and now he arrives in Una for a photo-op. This is simply a photo opportunity, says Sambit Patra, BJP
12.59 pm: We want to make something out of ourself. We want to study, but don’t have the means to do so, says victim’s kin in the Una Dalit case
12.57 pm: Told Rahul ji everything, how we were all beaten up. He said they will do everything in their power to get us justice: Victim in Una Dalit assault
12.47 pm: Legal proceedings should be carried out against Dayashankar Singh for his controversial remark, says Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lok Sabha
12.44 pm: Rahul Gandhi in conversation with the victims in the Una assault issue. | Rahul Gandhi goes to sleep in Lok Sabha during the crucial Dalit debate?
12.32 pm: Women politicians have to undergo such atrocities. Such acts against women must be brought to an end, says Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha on the remarks made by Dayashankar against Mayawati
12.16 pm: Rahul Gandhi reaches Una district to meet Dalit victims.
12.00 pm: BSP Chandigarh Unit Chief Jannat Jahan says, she will give a reward of Rs 50 lakh to any person who gets Dayashankar’s tongue.
WATCH VIDEO: BSP Chandigarh Unit Chief Offers Rs 50 Lakh To Whoever Gets Dayashankar Singh’s Tongue
11.48 am: While BSP workers continue to protest in Lucknow, party workers in Delhi too are staging a protest at Jantar Mantar.
11.46 am: Speaking to ANI, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Mourya said there is no point of now staging protests now as Dayashankar has already been removed from the party for six years.
“The BJP expects BSP not to damage the prevailing law and order situation in the state,” he said.
11.33 am: Protesters in Lucknow burn effigy of Dayashankar Singh during protests, demanding arrest of the leader. On the other hand, BSP MLA Sheela Tyagi protests outside the MP assembly.
11.24 am: “Let protests happen. BSP knows that BJP is moving forward in Uttar Pradesh, and that their main fight is with the BJP,” says Venkaiah Naidu, I&B Minister
11.20 am: NCP’s Praful Patel meets family members of victims of Una incident.
11.16 am: Police team arrived at the residence of Dayashankar Singh in Ballia district (UP) to arrest him. However, Singh wasn’t found there: ANI
11.08 am: In wake of the controversy surrounding Dayashankar Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu, I&B Ministry said that the former gave an objectionable statement, consequently we have removed him from the party for 6 years.
10.46 am: Dayashankar Singh must be put behind bars for such a mentality. The matter does not end by simply apologising: Satish Mishra, BSP
10.42 am: Commenting on Dayashankar Singh’s remarks, Majeed Memom, NCP said that an example has to be set by taking a stern action against the leader, so that others don’t follow the suit.
10.22 am: BSP workers stage protests in Lucknow over the remarks against their leader, demanding arrest and not just suspension of Dayashankar Singh. | WATCH VIDEO:
09.50 am: At 2 pm, Rajya Sabha will today hold a discussion over the recent atrocities witnessed against Dalits.
09.30 am: BSP workers protest against Dayashankar Singh in Lucknow’s Hazratganj, heavy security deployed in the area.
09.00 am: Apology may not be enough. He (Dayashankar Singh) may have to go behind bars. Moreover, BSP, Trinamool and others have given notice for discussion on Dalits issue in the Parliament today, said TMC MP Derek O’Brien.
08.45 am: If anyone gathers and tries to organise any protest at Hazratganj, we will take an action accordingly. Usually due to traffic issues, public inconvenience & security concerns; we do not give permission to stage such protest at Hazratganj, said Lucknow DM on BSP protest.
08.25 am: Ashutosh, AAP tweeted that he will be visiting Una today while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal shall arrive on Friday.
Just landed Ahmedabad, going to Una to meet families of Dalits who were brutally tortured. Arvind is coming tomorrow.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) July 21, 2016
08.30 am: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to visit Una (Gujarat) today to meet the victims.
BJP state President Keshav Prasad Maurya sacked Dayashankar Singh from the party soon after he announced that Singh had been relieved from all organisational responsibilities.
Expulsion from the party will remain in force for six years in line with the party’s rules, BJP sources said. Singh’s remarks drew severe flak from members in Rajya Sabha, including women MPs, with Deputy Chairperson P J 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.
On July 11, some persons who claimed to be ‘Gau-Rakshak’ (‘cow protectors’) arrived at Mota Samadhiyala and beat up seven Dalit youths who were allegedly skinning a dead cow. The attackers alleged that the Dalits had slaughtered the cow. Soon after the incident, different parts of the state started protesting against the assaults on Dalit community, which also led to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha twice on Wednesday.