Before allowing the matter to slip into a greater controversy, the BJP today sacked and expelled one of its top Uttar Pradesh leader, Dayashankar Singh, for his lewd remark on state political rival Mayawati.
In his speech, Mr Singh said, “Mayawati is selling tickets (to contest polls)…She is a three-time chief minister but she gives tickets to anyone who gives her Rs. 1 crore. If someone comes with 2 crores in the afternoon, she gives him a ticket. If somebody comes with 3 crores in the evening, she dumps the previous candidates and picks him. Today her character is worse than that of a Prostitute.” (According to report of NDTV)
BJP didn’t take much time to terminate Mr. Singh’s position as a party vice president in the state. An FIR was also filed against him by the members of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.
Mr Singh’s diatribe also rendered criticism from other opposition parties in the state who rallied behind Mayawati condemning Mr Singh unitedly.
It’s been quite a time now that we are seeing the BJP taking rigorous action against fellow party members, who are instigating hatred with their derogatory sexist or casteist comments towards their opposition. In April, Madhu Mishra, the chief of BJP’s Uttar Pradesh women’s wing Mahila Morcha was expelled from the party for six years for her controversial remark on lower caste people. At a public gathering in Aligarh, Mishra had addressed the crowd saying, “People who once used to polish your shoes are now ruling you, thanks to the Constitution. This has happened because there is no unity is us. We are a divided lot.”
At a time when a large section of people is putting up a fight to coinjoin the fissures in the society created due biasedness of caste, religion and gender, political parties bear the common responsibility to act wisely in doing away with all sorts of discrimination.
Earlier in 2014, BJP spokesperson Shaina NC also took a jibe at Mayawati, saying that she is confused whether Mayawati is a ‘he’ or ‘she’. Statements like these are absolutely misogynistic which profess women as stereotypes — soft in nature, calm and modest. Not only BJP, almost every party in the country has the reputation of espousing profanity against rival party members, whether it’s abuse or derogatory remarks based on caste, religion or gender.
The Logical Indian appreciate’s BJP’s decision to expel Dayashankar Singh from the party. But it is still tough to understand why such a regressive person was given a high position in the party and an opportunity to take the podium. We urge the government to take necessary steps against any person who make such hateful statements like this in the future. Let us end the menace of condescending and hate speeches and strive to build a society based on unity and mutual respect. May unity and mutual respect be a cornerstone of definition of being Indian.