Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya has revoked the expulsion of Dayashankar Singh who had compared Mayawati to a prostitute. The update comes just a day after the assembly election results were announced.
Maurya, who is in the running to be the next UP chief minister, had sacked Singh from the party in July last year. The comment, made while speaking to media persons, had caused a political storm back then.
HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED
- While speaking to reporters, Dayashankar Singh said, "Even a prostitute fulfils her commitment to a man after she is paid. But Mayawati, such a big leader in UP, sells party tickets to anyone who pays her the highest amount. If someone gives her Rs 1 crore for a ticket, she will give it to the other person who is offering Rs 2 crores.
- The comment was made in July 2016 and Singh was then the vice president of the BJP's UP unit. Singh repeatedly used the Hindi word for prostitute - veshya - during his interaction with reporters.
- An angry Mayawati responded saying, "The country will not forgive the BJP for the statement. The BJP has the audacity to make such a comment even as Dalits are protesting in Gujarat over the atrocities."
- Soon after the comment was made, Keshav Prasad Maurya took action, first removing Dayashankar Singh from the party's organisational posts and then expelling him from the party. According to party rules, his expulsion was to stay in effect for six months.
- Dayashankar Singh's remarks are not acceptable, therefore we have removed him from all party posts," BJP chief in Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya had said while expelling him.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also personally apologised, telling the Rajya Sabha, "I am personally hurt that a BJP party person used such derogatory words against Mayawati. I should tell Mayawati ji that the party shares her grief over this issue, I will look into this matter. We stand with her.
- Dayashanker Singh later expressed "regret" for the remark. "I am extending my apology to Mayawati ji and her followers," he said hours after making the comment, adding that he is "ready" to go to jail "if Mayawati wants so".