Angry Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers held a protest in Hazratganj, Lucknow before the Ambedkar statue on July 21 and demanded the arrest of sacked Uttar Pradesh BJP vice-president Dayashankar Singh for making derogatory remarks against party chief Mayawati.
However, the protest was called off later when the police promised to arrest Singh within 36 hours.
According to the party officials, BSP workers from all the districts were asked to reach the state capital to lodge a strong protest against the remarks made by Mr. Singh and around 500 to 1,000 workers from each district started arriving in the night itself.
The protest was called off after Lucknow District Magistrate Raj Shekhar met the party workers and leaders and informed that a FIR has been lodged against Singh. BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui called off the agitation after getting a time-bound assurance from the police.
A police complaint was submitted at the Hazratganj Kotwali seeking lodging of a FIR against Singh under the SC/ST Act 1989 for his derogatory comments. The complaint, lodged by BSP’s national secretary Mewalal Gautam alleged that Singh’s remarks have hurt the feelings of Dalit community across the nation. A CD showing Singh making derogatory comments was also attached to the complaint.
Singh had said, “if someone gives her Rs. 1 crore, she will give him the ticket, but after an hour, if another person offers her Rs. 2 crore, she will give it to him. Later in the evening, if someone else approaches her with Rs. 3 crore, she will give the ticket to him.”
According to senior BJP leader and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu the issue was over and the party has already sacked Singh from all party posts.
The district administration has increased the security in the state capital in view of the protest.