Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti on Saturday dared BSP chief Mayawati to follow the BJP’s example and expel senior party leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui for insulting a politician’s relatives.
The BJP had expelled Dayashankar Singh on July 20 for comparing Mayawati to a prostitute, an incident that caused widespread uproar across the country. He was arrested and remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody on Friday.
Siddiqui, in retaliation to Singh’s remark, allegedly used foul language against Singh’s wife and daughter.
“The BJP respects women, and it didn’t spare a second in acting against Dayashankar. On the contrary, the BSP has patronised the statements that Siddiqui made…” Jyoti said at Bhagwatdass Ghat, adding that “the double-face” of the BSP and its leadership has been exposed.
The minister said Mayawati shouldn’t forget it was the BJP that helped her become chief minister on two occasions.
Jyoti also reiterated the BJP’s claim that late party leader Brahm Dutt Dwivedi had prevented political rivals from murdering Mayawati. “She wouldn’t have been able to speak a word before the world if Dwivediji hadn’t put his life at stake to save hers,” she said.
Dwivedi and his bodyguard were gunned down at Farrukhabad in 1997.
Turning her guns on the Congress, Jyoti said the Congress’ accusation of a ‘dal scam’ in the NDA regime was nothing but hogwash. “Scams are the USP of the Congress and not the BJP, which is as clean as water. There is no wrongdoing on the government’s part. This inflation is a result of the wrong policies pursued by the Congress-led UPA government,” she added.