Targeting BJP leader Sadhana Singh over her recent remark that Mayawati was “worse than a eunuch”, ex-BSP MLA Vijay Yadav on Monday said he would give the Mughalsarai legislator 48 hours to apologise to the former chief minister and women of the country, or he would pay Rs 50 lakh to the person who brings him her head.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA from Bairiya Surendra Nath Singh said there was nothing wrong with what Sadhana Singh had said, adding that he would launch a protest if she is booked for her comment.
“BJP MLA Sadhna Singh ji has made derogatory comments against honourable Behenji. We demand that she apologise to the women of this country and to Behenji within 48 hours… If she (Singh) doesn’t do so, we will collect money from our supporters and workers, and give Rs 50 lakh to whoever will chop off her (Singh’s) head and bring it to us,” Yadav told reporters in Moradabad.
A former MLA from Thakurdwara constituency, Yadav was recently in the news for threatening to beat up BJP members and saying that the SP-BSP alliance has reminded them of their “dead grandmothers”.
Meanwhile, Surendra Nath Singh told the media on Monday, “There is nothing wrong in what Sadhana Singh said. Any person who has zero self-respect is called a transgender and the manner in which Mayawati has joined hands with SP after the 1995 guesthouse case proves she has no self-respect.”
Dayashankar case: Similar remark, different action
In a similar incident in 2016, then state BJP vice-president Dayashankar Singh had compared BSP chief Mayawati to a ‘prostitute’. Just like in the case of Sadhana Singh, the comment had sparked a row. However, while an FIR is yet to be lodged against Sadhana, the BJP had expelled Dayashankar for six years the same day. Nine days after he made the remark, he was arrested in Bihar by the UP STF. He got bail a week later. Dayashankar’s expulsion, however, was revoked on March 12, 2017, soon after his wife Swati Singh won in Assembly polls.
“The feeling and intention of Sadhna Singh is pure and she defined a eunuch as someone who is greedy and would do anything for money. They do not have self-respect. Mayawati too does not have any self-respect…She has no dignity, and is greedy…,” he told The Indian Express later in the day.
“If transgenders had self-respect, they would not be dancing around for money,” he said, adding that Sadhana Singh had “showed courage” and he would stand up in her support.
A day after she made the remark, Sadhana Singh had on Sunday apologised and claimed she had only intended to “remind the BSP president of the guesthouse incident”.
While BSP chief zonal in-charge of Varanasi and Azamgarh region Ram Chandra Gautam had filed a police complaint against Sadhana Singh over her remark at Chandauli’s Baburi police station, an FIR is yet to be lodged over her remarks.
At the time of filing this report, no police complaint had been filed against Vijay Yadav over his comment.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women on Monday issued a notice to BJP MLA Sadhana Singh and sought an explanation over her remarks against BSP chief Mayawati.