STATE BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya on Thursday met expelled party leader Dayashankar Singh’s wife Swati Singh, who has been admitted to a private hospital for the last three days.
“BJP fights for all sections of the society. Swati Singh is facing some problems and is in trauma. Hence, the state president met her and assured her of all kinds of support,” said BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan.
Dayashankar was recently expelled by the BJP for comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a prostitute. Following this, BSP supporters, including party leader Nasimuddin Siddiqui, had raised abusive slogans against the wife, daughter and mother of Dayashankar, who is absconding.
Demanding the arrest of BSP leaders for raising abusive slogans against Dayashankar’s family members, the women wing of BJP on Thursday took out a procession in Lucknow. They assembled at Subhash Chowk and marched towards Hazratganj for staging a demonstration at the Ambedkar statue.
They alleged that while an FIR had been lodged against BSP leaders for making objectionable remarks against Dayashankar’s relatives, the police are not arresting the accused as it has a nexus with BSP. The party also alleged that three women workers suffered injuries after the police resorted to lathicharge to stop them from heading towards Hazratganj.
Raising slogans like ‘Beti Ke Samman Mein, BJP Maidan Mein’ and ‘Swati Tum Sangharsh Karo, Hum Tumhare Saath Hain’, the supporters were stopped by the police barely 200 m after Subhash Chowk. While party general secretary Anupama Jaiswal was leading the agitation, Maurya joined them later and demanded the administration to allow workers to visit the Ambedkar statue.
“The police applied force to stop BJP workers. Three workers — Seema Swarnkar, Preeti Singh and Meenu — sustained injuries in the lathicharge and they are admitted in hospital,” said Chandra Mohan.
Later, BJP ended the agitation and a delegation of party leaders met Governor Ram Naik, handing over a memorandum to him, demanding that Siddiqui be arrested and also removed from the post of leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council.
“The Akhilesh government misused the police to stop BJP workers and protect BSP leaders. BJP will not tolerate the kind of abusive language BSP leaders had used against Dayashankar’s family. We will keep fighting for the honour of daughters,” said Maurya while alleging that police had stopped BJP workers in different districts from reaching Lucknow on Thursday. Later, he met the three injured at KGMU Trauma Centre and Civil Hospital.