New Delhi/Lucknow, Jan 20 : Taking Suo Motu cognisance of the objectionable statement made by BJP MLA Sadhana Singh about BSP chief Mayawati, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has sent a notice to BJP lawmaker .
Sadhana Singh used offensive comments targeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati who, she said, “was a blot on womankind”, accusing her of “selling her dignity for power”.
“She (Mayawati) has no self-respect… she was almost molested earlier and yet… in history, when Draupadi was molested, she took a vow to seek revenge… but this woman, she lost everything, but still sold her dignity for the sake of power. We strongly condemn Mayawati ji. She is a blot on womankind. A woman who gulped insults for comfort and power … is a blot on womankind,” Sadhana Singh, the legislator from Mughalsarai, said at a rally on Saturday.
The Commission will be sending a notice to Sadhna Singh regarding the statement in question.
Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.
The Opposition severely criticised BJP lawmaker, Akhilesh Yadav said it was an “insult to the women of the country”
“One may have differences on issues and ideas but it is disturbing: -That this lady represents the ruling party in UP-BJP (not surprising) -To hear a lady speak in such a derogatory way about another lady -To see people in the audience cheering such words,” Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted.
The lawmaker’s comments were in apparent reference to the infamous episode when Mayawati was assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers at a guest house in Lucknow in 1995 that triggered decades of animosity.
But the two parties decided to come together for the national elections in Uttar Pradesh, with a “gathbandhan” or alliance announced at a joint press conference by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav last week. The BSP chief said that she had decided to put the past behind her “for the sake of the nation”.