Lucknow, July 20: Dayashankar Singh was on Wednesday, July 20, removed as the BJP UP Vice President for his derogatory slur against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati.
In a shameful unparliamnetary language, Mayawati was compared to a 'prostitute' by Singh.
While talking to media-persons, Singh was quoted saying as, "Even a prostitute fulfils her commitment to a man after she is paid. But Mayawati, such a big leader in Uttar Pradesh, sells party tickets to anyone who pays her the highest amount. If someone gives her Rs one crore for a ticket, she will give it to the other person who is offering Rs 2 crores."
He allegedly used the word "veshya" (prostitute) many times, when he was interacting with the press, in front of cameras.
Later, he tried to downplay the controversy by saying, "I can't even think about Mayawatiji in such a way. She has reached here after a lot of struggle", while adding that "Mayawati is a big leader, I can't say such a thing about anyone. I apologise for my remark."
Dayashankar Singh should be arrested, says Mayawati
In a sharp reaction, Mayawati demanded in the Rajya Sabha that "Dayashankar Singh should be arrested otherwise, if in response to this people get violent, it will not be on my conscience."
"There are war of thoughts and ideas in the House, but never have I used derogatory words against anyone ever", she said while adding "I am grateful that Arun Jaitley ji and other leaders in the House have supported me."
BSP leader SC Mishra said, "BJP state VP Dayashankar Singh must be immediately arrested under provisions of the SC/ST act."
On Una clashes over Dalits backlash, Mayawati said that the "nation will not forgive BJP for this, especially with what is going in Gujarat."
Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 11 am tomorrow after an uproar over Singh's comparison of Mayawati with a sex worker.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley came out in strong support of Mayawati and said, "I should tell Mayawati ji that the party shares her grief over this issue, I will look into this matter, we stand with her."
"I am personally hurt that a BJP party person used such derogatory words against Mayawati", he added.
BJP UP party chief Keshav Maurya also apologised over Singh's usage of objectionable word for Mayawati.
Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary condemned the incident saying, "A man speaks with such language on the day both houses are discussing issues on violence on Dalits?"
"This man has to be arrested before sun down. This has to be made an example of", she said.
Although, assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are scheduled to take place next year, the politicians in the state have already started indulging in mud-slinging.