The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)’s Chandigarh unit chief, Jannat Jahan, on Thursday announced a reward of Rs. 50 lakh to anyone who brings her suspended BJP state vice president Dayashankar Singh’s tongue. BSP workers staged protests across several cities of the nation over Dayashankar Singh’s derogatory remark against party chief Mayawati and demanded that the suspended BJP state vice president be arrested.
Jahan described the BJP as both ‘anti-women and ‘anti-Dalit’, saying that such remarks show their character.
“BJP has shown its true face. They were anti-Dalit, but now they are against women as well. The derogatory language used against Behenji shows their character. They (BJP) are neither with Women or with Dalits or the poor,” she told ANI.
“He should be put behind bars. If anyone brings me his (Dayashankar Singh) tongue, i will give them Rs. 50 lakhs,” she added.
In New Delhi, BSP workers gathered in large numbers at Jantar Mantar and raised slogans denouncing the BJP.
“Dayashankar should be sent to jail. He should be hanged. There are atrocities taking place against Dalits in Gujarat,” one of the agitators told ANI.
In Lucknow, BSP workers staged a protest at the main Hazratganj crossing. BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar said that the party supporters have been asked to gather in the state capital in larger numbers.
The BJP yesterday expelled Dayashankar Singh from the party for six years.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday expressed ‘personal regret’ in Parliament over Singh’s remark.
“It is not right and I condemn the use of this word. And if a person has said this, we will investigate. I express personal regret. I associate with your dignity and stand with you,” Jaitley told Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha.
The BSP chief on her part thanked Jaitley and other leaders in the Rajya Sabha for supporting her on this matter.
“There are war of thoughts and ideas in the House, but never have I used derogatory words against anyone ever,” Mayawati said.
“Dayashankar Singh should be arrested otherwise if in response to this the people get violent, it will not be on my conscience,” she added.