BJP, BSP competing in ‘foul language’ game: UP CM Akhilesh
Lucknow, July 23 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday condemned expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh's derogatory slur on BSP supremo Mayawati, but said one part of his statement with regard to tickets being sold by them for the upcoming assembly polls was correct. Speaking a function here where he felicitated the scholars, Akhilesh said that a competition has started between the BJP and BSP as to who can speak more and who can use more foul language. "There have been protests from the last three days. What he (Dayashankar Singh) said is condemnable, but everyone knows the fact that tickets are sold in the BSP. One part is wrong, but the other part is right and true. We all know that the people get tickets in BSP through money and bribe. Even those who are leaving the BSP are saying such things. We have read such statements only till now," he said "It is right that such language should not be used against any women. But what was said in reply (by BSP general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui), that too on a public platform, was also not correct. The language that was used was condemnable and does not suit the city like Lucknow which is famous for its 'adab'," he added. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also told reporters that law would take its own course in the matter and actions would be taken accordingly on the FIRs filed by both the BJP and BSP. Earlier, the BJP asked Mayawati to tender an apology in connection with abusive language used by her party leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui against Dayashankar Singh's daughter. The party also asked her to take action against her leader for his comments. Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prashad Maurya said the BSP has lost its political existence in Uttar Pradesh. "There is chaos in the BSP. Her desperate attempt to play politics on this issue clearly shows that she is ungrateful. Behenji had to go through a very untoward incident on June 2, 1995, and the BJP helped and protected her in that hour of crisis," said Maurya. "It was the BJP's morals that both her life and values were protected. But it now seems that she has forgotten the episode of June 2, 1995," he added while responding to a poser on Mayawati's assertion that the BJP and Samajwadi Party have indulged in a political conspiracy to malign her reputation. Maurya said the BJP found the statement made by Dayashankar Singh against Mayawati incorrect and eventually expelled him from the party. Meanwhile, Dayashankar Singh's wife Swati today demanded the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act to be imposed against Mayawati and Naseemuddin Siddiqui. The expelled BJP leader's wife has lodged an FIR against Mayawati and Siddiqui. Siddiqui, however, yesterday refused to express any regret, saying he or his party workers didn't say anything "obscene" or "objectionable" during their protest against the expelled BJP leader on Thursday. Siddiqui, instead, claimed that the FIR, lodged by Dayashankar's family members, was a BJP "ploy" to "save" the expelled leader, who is absconding after being booked for making derogatory remarks against Mayawati. The BSP leader alleged that the BJP has tried to give "a new twist" to the matter to distract public attention and regain political ground lost by it due to its expelled leader's abusive remarks. Commenting on the charges that the BSP leaders raised slogans asking the expelled BJP leader to "present his daughter and sister", Siddiqui said that his party workers "only wanted to "ask them if they agreed with the derogatory remarks made by him against Mayawati.