Mayawati supporters erupt in Lucknow in protest against "hooker" remark

BJP might have suspended Dayashankar Singh for six years, but his "worse than the usual prostitute" remark against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has badly backfired on the party

BJP might have suspended Dayashankar Singh for six years, but his "worse than the usual prostitute" remark against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has badly backfired on the party.

The demonstration has been held at the primary Hazratganj crossing. BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar said the party supporters are asked to assemble in the state capital in larger amounts.

The Lucknow District Magistrate has said that permission to protest at Hazratganj area is usually not granted due to public inconvenience, traffic issues, and security dilemmas.

"If anyone collects and tries to organize any demonstration at Hazratganj, we take actions so," he said.

BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya sacked Dayashankar Singh from the party on Wednesday, hours after he announced that Singh had been relieved from all organizational responsibilities.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier expressed "personal regret" in Parliament over Singh's remark. "It is just not appropriate, and I condemn using this word. And if this has been said by someone, we'll investigate. I express private rue. I associate with your dignity and stand with you," Jaitley told Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha.

Jaitley and other leaders were thanked by the BSP leader on her part for supporting her on the matter. "There is war of thoughts and ideas in the House, but never have I used derogatory words against anyone ever," Mayawati said.

"Dayashankar Singh should be arrested otherwise if in response to this the folks get violent, it will not be on my conscience," she added.