Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh’s wife falls ill, hospitalised
Wife of expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, Swati Singh, was admitted to a hospital on Tuesday after she complained of fever, low blood pressure and severe pain in her spine.
The Bharatiya Janata Party expelled Singh, who triggered a storm after comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a prostitute, from his post of the vice-president of party’s state unit for six years.
But BSP leaders protesting against Singh’s remark retaliated with remarks directed at the Singh’s minor daughter, wife and his mother. BSP national general secretary Siddiqui and other party workers allegedly demanded that Dayashankar’s wife and daughter her be “presented” before them.
She took on BSP leaders for making the indecent remarks against her and her 12-year-old daughter. Her mother-in-law Tetra Devi lodged an FIR against BSP chief Mayawati and three other senior BSP leaders, including party’s national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui, at Hazratganj police station last Friday.
“The controversy has put her under acute mental pressure. She has not able to sleep properly for the last one week as she is concerned about her family’s security,” Puneet Singh, Swati’s brother, said.
He said that his sister was apprehensive that the BSP supporters might cause harm to her family.
Swati, who married Dayashankar in 2001, has remained out of the political limelight so far. But, she put BSP leaders on the back foot by saying she was not defending her husband but was fighting for her daughter.
A commerce graduate and an MBA from a reputed college in Allahabad, Swati is a qualified lawyer with a post-graduate degree in law. The couple has two children.
Police secured an arrest warrant on Monday against Dayashankar from the court of a special judge. Police teams have left for Ballia, Gorakhpur and Mau in search of Singh, who has been absconding since July 19.
An FIR was lodged against Singh and police carried out raids at his Lucknow and Ballia residences to arrest him.
Singh’s controversial statement evoked sharp criticism from the BSP and the issue rocked Parliament.