BJP party leader Daya Shankar Singh’s brother has been detained by police in Ballia (UP) on Thursday for questioning about the former’s whereabouts.
This development comes a day after the BJP sacked its Daya Shankar 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.
In Lucknow, the BSP filed a complaint against Singh under the SC/ST Act at the Hazratganj Kotwali and police said an FIR was being lodged.
Speaking at a meeting in Mau 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 Mayawatiji ho gayi hain. Isi liye Kanshi Ram ke banaye karyakarta unka saath chhod kar ja rahe hain aur BSP samapt ho rai hai… Mayawatiji kisi ko 1 crore mein ticket deti hain. Koi 2 crore dene wala milta hai toh usey ticket de deti hain, aur shaam ko koi 3 crore dene ko taiyyar hota hai toh usey de deti hain (Mayawati gives a ticket for 1 crore which she changes if she is offered 2 crore. And she changes even that ticket if she is offered 3 crore by 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: “Outside and even in Parliament, I am called Behenji (sister) by most people. So the man who used this term for me, he has abused not me, but his sisters. If action is not taken against him by his party, there will be big protests across the country.”