Out on bail, Dayashankar dares Maya to contest against his wife

  • HT Correspondent, Lucknow
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 00:15 IST
Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh was greeted by supporters when released from Mau district jail on Sunday morning. (HT Photo)

Expelled Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dayashankar Singh on Sunday challenged Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati to contest election against his wife Swati Singh from any general seat in the upcoming assembly polls in 2017. He said his wife was ready to contest against her as an independent candidate.

He was released from jail on Sunday, a day after a local court in Mau granted him bail.

Singh was arrested for his derogatory remarks against Mayawati comparing her with a prostitute in Mau on July 19 after his elevation as UP BJP state vice president. His remarks forced the BJP leadership to sack him from the party while the BSP registered an FIR against him.

Later, BSP leaders and supporters had allegedly raised derogatory slogans against Dayashankar’s wife, mother and minor daughter during a protest in Lucknow on July 21. Singh’s mother Tetra Devi had lodged a complaint against Mayawati, Naseemuddin Siddiqui and other BSP leaders and supporters at the Hazratganj police station.

Taking Mayawati head on, Dayashankar, who is out on bail, also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into allegations that the BSP chief sold party tickets. He said these allegations were not made by him alone as many rebel BSP leaders had made similar allegations. “I am facing police enquiry and even went to jail but I still stand by my allegations that Mayawati was selling party tickets,” he emphasised.

He also demanded a high level probe into the assets of the BSP top leaders.

Singh was speaking at a press conference here in the state capital after getting released from Mau district jail on Sunday morning. He was arrested from Buxar in Bihar on July 29 after remaining elusive for over a week and stayed in jail for nine days. His wife Swati Singh was present at the press conference.

“Swati had gained support from general public, social organizations and senior leaders across the party line, so we are not talking about any particular party,” he said while answering queries on Swati contesting on BJP ticket in the assembly polls. He said even though the BJP had expelled him he was still with the party.

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