LUCKNOW: The National Commission of Women has reportedly taken a suo motu cognizance of the statement of BJP’s Mughalsarai MLA Sadhna Singh who courted controversy while claiming that the BSP chief was neither a male nor a female while comparing the guest house episode indirectly with that of Draupadi’s disrobing in the Mahabharata.
The NCW is likely to issue a notice to the BJP legislator in the matter.
“Yahan toh ek purv mukh mantri, na mahila lagti hai, na purush. Inko toh apna samman hi nahi samajh aata. Jiska itna bada cheer haran hua. Ek cheer haran hua tha Draupadi ka...” Singh said during an event in Chandauli district on Saturday.
However, the MLA’s swipe drew sharp reactions from the SP and BSP camps with BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra claiming that the MLA’s statement was a reflection of BJP’s mindset. "After SP-BSP alliance, they have lost control over their mental faculty,” said Mishra.
“The remarks by the BJP legislator are condemnable and in distaste. It not only shows their ideological bankruptcy but are also an insult to women,” tweeted SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. An SP delegation also met the Chanduali DM and SSP to give a complaint against the MLA.
मुगलसराय से भाजपा की महिला विधायक ने जिस तरह के आपत्तिजनक अपशब्द सुश्री मायावती जी के लिए प्रयोग किए हैं वे घोर निंदनीय हैं. ये भाजपा के नैतिक दिवालियापन और हताशा का प्रतीक है. ये देश की महिलाओं का भी अपमान है.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) January 19, 2019
However, state BJP too came out to express its disagreement with the MLA’s remarks. “Such personal attacks on anyone irrespective of party lines should be avoided and are not welcome,” said UP BJP spokesman Rakesh Tripathi.
BJP ally, Modi minister and Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ram Das Athawale too condemned the BJP MLA’s statement saying that Mayawati was a Dalit leader and an able administrator, she shpuld not be addressed in such a language.
Athawale called upon BJP leadership to desist from making such remarks against rivals as it would end up denting BJP's prospects in UP. "Dalits will consolidate in favour of the BSP if BJP leaders will make such statements," he said in Lucknow on Sunday.
“Mayawatiji is a woman. We all respect her. Such remarks will tarnish BJP's image ahead of polls," said Athawale. Accepting that the BSP had a sway on Dalit votes in UP, Athawale claimed that if RPI was given a chance to contest in the state, it might divide the Dalit votes in BJP's favour. He also had a piece of advice for the BSP supremo saying she should not call the BJP a casteist party as she had made her government with BJP's support in the state thrice in the past.