The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will launch a counter-attack against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Saturday over its use of ‘indecent’ language against the family of its expelled leader Dayashankar Singh, who triggered a storm after comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a prostitute.
Swati Singh, Dayashankar’s wife, told reporters her family faced abuse by BSP workers, who stormed the main street of Lucknow on Thursday demanding her husband’s immediate arrest. BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui and other party workers allegedly demanded that Dayashankar’s wife and daughter her be “presented” before them.
The expelled leader’s mother and wife also alleged intimidation and threat to their lives and even filed an FIR against Mayawati, Siddiqui and other leaders and workers of the BSP.
The BJP on Friday asked Mayawati to tender an apology and take action against Siddiqui for his abusive language.
Rallying behind Dayashankar’s family, BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya also announced a ‘Beti ke samman mein, BJP maidan mein (For daughter’s honour, BJP on the streets)’ agitation over the alleged use of foul language by BSP leaders and workers.
“Party leaders and workers across the state have been asked to take to the streets to demand the arrest of BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui and other BSP leaders and workers who used indecent language against Dayashankar’s wife and daughter,” Maurya said.
On Saturday, inspector general of police (Lucknow Zone), Satish Ganesh, asked Lucknow Police to provide security cover to his wife and other members of his family.
The BSP also firmed up its stand on the arrest of Singh and said if he was not put behind bars within the 36-hour deadline set by the police, statewide agitations will take place. The Mayawati-led party, however, announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn the ultimatum.
Dayashankar has not been arrested yet till the time of filing of this report. If he stays at large till Saturday morning, it would be time for the BSP to relaunch its agitation.
Dayashankar’s remarks have triggered massive protests and a political storm in Parliament with all parties coming together to back Mayawati. The BJP sacked Dayashankar within hours of the remark with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley apologising to the Dalit leader.
His comments have taken a political colour ahead of assembly polls in the state early next year as the Dalit community forms more than a fifth of the state’s population and is likely to prove crucial.