New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Uttar Pradesh Sadhana Singh, who courted controversy by saying that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati who “sold her dignity for power” is a “shame on the womankind”, expressed regret over her statement and claimed that she had no intentions of disrespecting anyone.

“I had no intentions of disrespecting anyone, I express regret if someone was hurt by my words,” the BJP MLA said.  In a written apology, she claimed that she only wanted to remind the BSP chief of the help which was offered to her on June 2, 1995 during the ‘Guest House Kaand’, when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers at a guest house in Lucknow.

Meanwhile, the BSP filed a criminal complaint against BJP lawmaker for her objectionable remarks. The complaint was filed at Baburi police station in Chandauli district of the state by Ram Chandra Gautam who is in-charge of Varanasi and Azamgarh zone of the party.

Stoking a controversy on Saturday, the BJP MLA from Mughalsarai had said, “I don’t think Mayawati is a woman or man. She has no sense of self-respect… she was almost molested earlier and yet… Darupadi was a victim of sexual misconduct. she vowed to get revenge. That was a self-respecting woman. Look at this woman. Everything was looted from her, despite which she sold all her dignity to get power.”

Referring to the alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, that was announced on January 12 in Uttar Pradesh for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Singh said that Mayawati joined hands with the party which humiliated her. “A woman who underwent a ‘chirharan’ (disrobe) is now compromising with the perpetrators, she is worse than an eunuch,” she had stated.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the objectionable statement, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said that it will send a notice to the BJP lawmaker.

Meanwhile, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra hit out at the BJP MLA calling her “mentally ill”. He stressed that the BJP was rattled by the SP-BSP alliance and the leaders of saffron party have lost their mental balance fearing defeat in the upcoming general elections.

The SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, while strongly condemning the remarks, said, “it was insult to the women of the country” and indicated BJP’s “moral bankruptcy and hopelessness”.

The Congress, which has been excluded from the SP-BSP alliance, termed the remarks by the BJP lawmaker as “disturbing”.