Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya appointed Swati Singh, wife of expelled party leader Dayashankar Singh, as state chief of BJP women’s wing on Friday.
The party hopes to mobilise Thakur votes in its favour by appointing Swati to the important post, feel political observers.
Dayashankar was in the limelight in July for comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a “prostitute”, triggering widespread condemnation and his expulsion from the BJP.
His comments mobilised Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers, who demanded his arrest after lodging an FIR against him.
Swati had then come out in defence of her husband and turned the tables on the BSP by demanding action against their top leaders for making outrageous comments against her mother-in-law and daughter during a protest rally in Lucknow. She also challenged Mayawati to contest the 2017 assembly election against her.
On July 29, Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) and Bihar police arrested Dayashankar in Buxar in a joint operation.
He was released from Mau district jail on August 7 after a local court granted him bail.
Since the past two months, Dayashankar and Swati have been attending meetings to mobilise the Thakur community against the BSP.
That Swati managed to evoke Thakur pride could be gauged from the fact that the state unit of the Kshatriya Mahasabha condemned Mayawati for her failure to initiate action against BSP leaders for making outrageous remarks against Dayashankar’s kin.
Maurya also appointed Kushal Kishor as state chief of the Scheduled Caste wing, Chotey Lal Kharwar as state chief of the Scheduled Tribe wing and Haider Abbas Chand as head of state minority wing of the party.