The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Chandigarh unit chief Jannat Jahan announced a reward of Rs 50 lakh on Thursday to anyone who brings her suspended BJP state vice-president Daya Shankar Singh’s tongue for his remarks against BSP chief Mayawati.
BSP workers staged protests across several cities of the nation over Daya Shankar Singh’s derogatory remarks against party chief Mayawati and demanded that the suspended BJP state vice-president be arrested.
Daya Shankar Singh, an upper-caste Thakur, called Maywati a “vaishya” for allegedly selling party tickets to aspiring candidates for next year’s state polls.
“Look at the way Mayawati is selling tickets. Even a prostitute keeps her commitment. But look at a leader like Mayawati who sells a ticket for Rs 1 crore, then after some time, if another is willing to pay Rs 2 crore, she will give the ticket to him. Mayawati has become worse than a prostitute,” he said in Mau.
Jahan described the BJP as both “anti-women” and “anti-Dalit”, saying that such remarks show their character.
“BJP has shown its true face. They were anti-Dalit, but now they are against women as well. The derogatory language used against Behenji shows their character. They (BJP) are neither with women or with Dalits or the poor,” she told ANI.
“He should be put behind bars. If anyone brings me his (Daya Shankar Singh) tongue, I will give them Rs 50 lakhs,” she said.
BSP workers gathered in large numbers at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and raised slogans denouncing the BJP.
“Dayashankar should be sent to jail. He should be hanged. There are atrocities taking place against Dalits in Gujarat,” one of the agitators told ANI.
In Lucknow, BSP workers staged a protest at the main Hazratganj crossing. BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar said that party supporters have been asked to gather in the state capital in larger numbers.
The BJP expelled Dayashankar Singh from the party for six years on Thursday.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley expressed on Thursday “regret” in Parliament over Singh’s remark.
“It is not right and I condemn the use of this word. And if a person has said this, we will investigate. I express personal regret. I associate with your dignity and stand with you,” Jaitley told Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha.
The BSP chief thanked Jaitley and other leaders in the Rajya Sabha for supporting her.
“There are war of thoughts and ideas in the House, but never have I used derogatory words against anyone ever,” Mayawati said.
“Daya Shankar Singh should be arrested and if in response to this, people get violent, it will not be on my conscience,” Maywati said.