The BSP reacted strongly to UP tourism minister Om Prakash Singh’s description of party president Mayawati as ‘badsurat’ (ugly) and his statement that she “went several steps ahead of invaders Nadir Shah and Timur Lang in plundering the state”.
Singh was addressing SP workers at Sunshine Public School in Ghazipur district. When party workers started interrupting him, the minister made the controversial comment to control them.
“You have tolerated a ‘badsurat’ person like Mayawati for five years. Now you simply cannot remain attentive for a few minutes.”
“Even the two (medieval) invaders did not plunder India the way Mayawati looted Uttar Pradesh during her five-year tenure,” the minister said.
Buoyed by the applause from party workers, Singh exhorted them to give a befitting reply to the BSP in the coming Lok Sabha polls in 2014.
BSP workers strongly condemned the statement and demanded action against him.
Kailash Nath Singh Yadav, who was former chief minister Mayawati’s cabinet colleague, said Singh had lost his “mental balance”.