New Delhi: Jumping into the controversy over the inapt remarks by BJP MLA Sadhana Singh against Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, a former BSP MLA on Monday offered Rs 50 lakh to the person who brings the BJP lawmaker’s head to him. Also Read - Mayawati's Father Passes Away at 95, Party Leaders Express Grief
“BJP MLA Sadhna Singh should seek apology from Behenji (Mayawati) and women of the country, else we will protest. After collecting money from my supporters, I will give Rs 50 lakh to the person who will bring Sadhna Singh’s head to me,” said Vijay Yadav, former BSP MLA from Thakurdwara. Also Read - Will Forge Alliance With Samajwadi Party To Defeat BJP In 2022 UP Polls, Says PSP Chief Shivpal Yadav
The controversial remark by Yadav came after Sadhana Singh called Mayawati a “blot on womankind” and “worse than a transgender”. Also Read - UP Bypolls Results Latest Updates: BJP Bagss 6 Out of 7 Seats, SP Retains 1 as Counting Concludes
The Mughalsarai MLA made the controversial remarks at a rally on Saturday while referring to the infamous incident when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers at a Lucknow guest house in 1995.
“Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati sold her dignity for power and joined hands with those who disrespected her… She is a blot on womankind. Cannot say if she can be counted among men or women, she is worse than a transgender person,” she had said.
Days ago, Yadav, while backing the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, had said that there’s a long fight coming ahead, adding- “Yeh BJP waalon ko toh dauda dauda kar maarenge [We will chase and thrash them].”
Meanwhile, amid the raging political controversy, the National Commission for Women issued a notice to Sadhana Singh and sought an explanation for making “extremely offensive and unethical” remarks against Mayawati.
Singh’s comments drew criticism across the party lines with Union minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) president Ramdas Athawale said such personal comments should not be made. RPI is also a constituent of BJP-led NDA.
Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party president, said the language being used by ruling party leaders is the result of their frustration.
“Since the BJP did nothing during its tenure, how will its leaders talk about work…Now that the elections are nearing, there will be a lot of more things as well,” he said.
“She has made comments against SP too and it can been seen online and we will also complain against her to show what language has been used,” he told reporters in Lucknow.
Athawale said,”I do not agree with the comments made against Mayawati. Mayawati is a strong Dalit leader and a good administrator. Such comments should nt have been made.”
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said the words used by the BJP MLA were “absolutely condemnable” and shameful.
“I believe she owes the women of the nation an apology besides apologising to Mayawati Ji. What I find absolutely unfortunate as a woman is that a woman leader speaks such derogatory words about another woman,” she said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has time and time again exposed its “anti-women mentality” right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has used language which is “sexist and misogynist” inside Parliament and outside, and refused to apologise for it, she alleged.
“Whether it is for Sonia Gandhi, whether it is for our Congress women leaders…We have had many of their chief ministers come forward with their own anti- women mindset and statements which are derogatory in nature,” Chaturvedi said.
After sharp reactions, Singh tendered an apology over her comments on Sunday, clarifying that she did not mean to hurt anyone.