BJP efforts to reach out to the Dalits in the country have got another setback when the newly appointed vice-president of Uttar Pradesh has made a derogatory remarks against Mayawati. Daya Shankar Singh made the comments while speaking to the press at Mau in eastern Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday and accused Mayawati of selling party tickets. He was relieved of all responsibilities with immediate effect, BJP State president Keshav Prasad Maurya, said.
Raising the issue in parliament Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said though his party had political differences with the BSP, it will not allow any such remark to be made against a woman, who is also a leader of a political party and has been a four-time Chief Minister.
To which Arun Jaitley responded “It is not right and I condemn the use of such words and I will look into this matter. I express personal regrets. I associate our dignity with yours and stand with you,” Mr. Jaitley said.
Ms. Mayawati showed her dignity and said “What that BJP leader (from UP) has said, he said it not to me but to his sister and his daughter because people treat me like their daughter and sister. The country will not forgive the BJP for encouraging such people.”
This incident has given more ammunition to the opposition which is trying to corner the government over the alleged beating of the 4 dalit men in Gujarat who were skinning a dead cow