Dayashankar Singh, former BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, on the run after creating a political storm with his derogatory words for BSP chief Mayawati, has been arrested from Bihar. The former vice president of BJP’s UP state unit was facing an imminent arrest after an FIR was lodged against him on the complaints of a BSP worker.
BJP was forced to expel him after controversy arising out of his derogatory remarks against the four-time UP Chief Ministers led to a major protest on the streets as well as inside the Parliament.
He was arrested by Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) team with the help of the district police from a house in Chinni Mill locality, Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma told the press.
Singh had gone ‘underground’ after an FIR was registered against him on July 20 by UP police on a complaint by BSP leader Mewalal Gautam, alleging that Singh’s remarks hurt the feelings of BSP workers and the Dalit community across the country.
“Mayawati gives tickets for Rs one crore and if there is someone who can give Rs 2 crore than she sells it for Rs 2 crore within an hour. If someone is ready to give Rs 3 crore by the evening, she gives the ticket to him… She is even worse than…,” Dayashankar Singh had said.
Incidentally, his remarks came on a day when both the house of Parliament witnessed protest over the shocking incident of flogging of Dalit men by a cow protection vigilante group in Gujarat.
Strongly condemning the pejorative remarks, several leaders across the parties in Rajya Sabha had expressed solidarity with Mayawati. Even the embarrassed BJP expressed regrets over its own party member’s conduct.
Day after the incident, BSP had held a massive protest in Lucknow’s historic Hazratganj demanding Dayashankar Singh’s arrest.
Earlier on Thursday, Dayashankar Singh had suffered a set-back after Allahabad High Court refused to stay his arrest.