Lucknow, Jan 20: BJP MLA Sadhna Singh has finally apologised for calling BSP chief Mayawati "worse than euncuh". In a written statement on her letter head, Sadhna Singh said, " I had no intentions of disrespecting anyone, I express regret if someone was hurt by my words." She added that she had no intentions of insulting, but was trying to remind Mayawati how BJP had helped her in 1995.
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After calling BSP chief Mayawati "worse than eunuch", UP BJP MLA Sadhna Singh has refused to take back her words or apologise, saying that she has said nothing wrong as BSP chief "forgotten her disrespect for political gains". So far BJP has not taking any action against the MLA, while The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken Suo Motu cognisance of her statement and will be sending a notice to the BJP MLA.
Addressing a rally, the Mughalsarai MLA had said that a woman who underwent a 'chirharan' (disrobing) is now compromising with the perpetrators, "she is worse than an eunuch".
“She has no sense of self-respect. She was almost molested. In history, when Draupadi was molested, she vowed revenge. But this woman, she almost lost everything, but has still sold her dignity for the sake of power. We condemn Mayawatiji. She is a blot on womankind. A woman who gulped down insults for comfort and power is a blot on womankind,” Singh had said. "Jis din mahila ka blouse, petticoat, saari phat jaaye, wo mahila na satta ke liye aage aati hai. Usko pure desh ki mahila kalankit maanti hai.Wo to kinnar se bhi jyada badtar hai, kyunki wo to na nar hai, na mahila hai," is what BJP MLA said in Hindi.
Her remarks were in the backdrop of the BSP and SP alliance for UP. Sadhna Singh was referring to an incident that took place in 1995, when Mayawati, along with several other BSP leaders, was attacked by Samajwadi Party workers. Populary called The Guest House incident, it had led to years of animosity between the two parties.
Noida MLA and son of Union Minister Rajnath Singh was present on the stage when MLA made derogatory comments against Mayawati.
"I don't regret my statement. A woman who is unable to protect her own dignity is a blot on womankind. She forgot her disrespect for political gains. It's not only about her but the entire womenfolk, which has been let down," said the untrepentant BJP MLA on Sunday.
Reacting sharply to Singh's statement, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra termed Singh as "mentally ill".
"This shows BJP's level, and their disappointment and frustration with the SP-BSP alliance. They do not have strength to win even a single seat in Uttar Pradesh. The level of language shows their mental illness. Such people should be admitted to the mental hospital in Agra or Bareilly. They have lost their mental balance in fear of losing the election in Uttar Pradesh," said Mishra.
Foe-turned-ally Samajwadi Party too came out in support of Mayawati. "The kind of words used for Mayawati by BJP's woman MLA from Mughalsarai is highly objectionable. I condemn the statement. BJP has become completely bankrupt when it comes to morals. They are just frustrated. The statement is an insult to the women of the country," said SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Congress too attacked BJP for demeaning Mayawati. Party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said that it was disturbing “to hear a lady speak in such a derogatory way about another lady”. “One may have differences on issues and ideas but it 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."
National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “Such derogatory statements are unbecoming of a leader and highly condemnable. NCW has taken suo motu cognisance and will be sending a notice to Sadhana Singh tomorrow [Monday].”
News24 Bureau/ Agencies