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Dayashankar out of jail, dares Mayawati to contest against wife

Singh, who was arrested on July 29 for allegedly comparing Mayawati to a prostitute last month, was released from Mau District Jail in the morning after being granted bail by a local court a day earlier.

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Dayashankar Singh with his wife in Lucknow on Sunday. Source: Pramod Adhikari

AFTER WALKING free from Mau District Jail on Sunday, expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh dared BSP chief Mayawati to contest against his wife from any unreserved seat in the state Assembly elections next year.

Singh, who was arrested on July 29 for allegedly comparing Mayawati to a prostitute last month, was released from Mau District Jail in the morning after being granted bail by a local court a day earlier.

After reaching Lucknow, he demanded action against BSP leaders Naseemuddin Siddiqui, Ram Achal Rajbhar and others for raising “abusive slogans” against his daughter, wife and sister while protesting against his remark against the BSP president.

Once again accusing Mayawati of auctioning party tickets for 2017 polls, Singh demanded that a CBI inquiry be ordered into the allegations or else he would move court.

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Speaking to mediapersons with his wife Swati, he alleged that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was indulging in politics of “appeasement” and “is not taking any action against Siddiqui because he is afraid of losing his Muslim vote bank”. “I had said that Mayawatiji sells tickets and I stand by my allegation. I made a wrong comparison though. I apologised for it. I should not have said that. I was removed from the post of BJP’s vice-president and was also expelled from the party. An FIR was lodged against me and I was arrested like I was Dawood Ibrahim,” Singh said.

“But BSP leaders, with all their force on display, disparaged my 12-year-old daughter, my wife and my 80-year-old mother on loudspeaker in Hazratganj on July 21. The chief minister condemned it. But why is he not acting against any of those leaders now?” he asked.

Singh said while his family is not involved in politics, his wife would contest against Mayawati from any unreserved seat to show that BSP chief’s “slogan of ‘Sarvajan Hitay, Sarvajan Sukhay’ has no support of the people”. “Mayawati can choose any seat of her choice and my wife will contest against her, even as an Independent candidate,” he claimed.

Calling Mayawati the “mother of corruption”, Singh said: “How did Mayawati’s brother, who was born in a modest Dalit family, made Rs 1,000 crore… How Siddiqui, who was a home guard, has assets worth crores… BSP general secretary Satish Mishra, who was a lawyer, has so much of property…”

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Accusing Mayawati of selling Dalit votes, he said: “She has given tickets to Vijay Singh, who was responsible for the murder of BJP leader Brahma Dutt Dwivedi, who had helped her when she was attacked by SP leaders at the state guesthouse (in 1995).” Singh claimed he was with Dwivedi when he helped Mayawati at the guesthouse. Mayawati, however, had earlier claimed that BJP was spreading false information that its leaders had helped her during the attack.

Singh claimed while BJP has expelled him, he has not distanced himself from the party. “The party expelled me but I consider myself to be a part of BJP. I have served the party for 23 years. BJP and nationalism flow in my veins,” he said, adding that he has not spoken to any BJP leader since his release from jail.

Swati alleged that the Lucknow Police was not taking any action against Siddqiui and other BSP leaders, who have been booked on the complaint of Singh’s mother Tetra Devi, despite her providing them with the CD where the “abusive slogans” are being raised.

“I have submitted the CD to the investigating officer and the SSP. But they have still not booked Siddiqui. The Hazratganj circle officer, who is the investigating officer, told me that he did not have the time to watch the CD as he has to maintain law and order,” she added.

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Singh, who was arrested by the UP Special Task Force with the help of Bihar Police from Buxar after being on the run for nine days, said he will go to court and the people to get justice.