Adding fuel to the ongoing controversy that began after expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh made a derogatory remark against BSP chief Mayawati a few days ago, Ballia’s district BJP minority cell ex-chief Kamaluddin Shaikh on Sunday said that if BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui appeared before him, he “would chop off his neck”.
Shaikh made the remark while talking to local journalists during a demonstration in Ballia against BSP leaders’ objectionable remarks about Dayashankar Singh’s minor daughter at a protest in Lucknow on July 21.
Shaikh also threatened to immolate himself if action was not taken against the BSP leader in the next three days.
Shaikh said, “A BSP leader has announced that she will give a reward to a person who chops off Dayashankar Singh’s tongue. But I will not do so. What I will do is that if Siddiqui comes before me, I will chop off his neck (yadi Siddiqui hamare samne aa jaye, to hum khud hi gardan utar lenge).”
Reacting to Shaikh’s statement, Varanasi BSP district president Deepchand Chaudhary said, “I condemn it. The BJP leaders should desist from using filthy language against the BSP leaders. Siddiqui is a senior BSP leader. We will not tolerate such remarks against him.”
When contacted, Ballia (city) circle officer KC Singh said, “The matter is not in our knowledge. So far, no one has turned up to lodge a complaint. But if anyone files a complaint in this regard, an FIR will be registered and action will be taken accordingly.” For his part, BJP district unit president Vinod Dubey said, “Shaikh is former president of district BJP minority cell. At present, he doesn’t hold any post, but he is a member of the party. I am not aware about the development. I will ask him as to why he made such a statement.”