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8:21pm, 29th July, 2016

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Was it a good move on the side of BJP to expel Dayashankar Singh? It certainly proves to be. The leader, who made controversial statements, has now been arrested.

In a joint operation between UP Police and Bihar Police the expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh was arrested from Buxar in Bihar.

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Dayashankar had yesterday failed to get a stay on his arrest from the Allahabad High Court which directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply by August 5 on his plea challenging the lodging of FIR against him for allegedly using derogatory language against BSP supremo Mayawati.

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Singh had moved the HC challenging the FIR lodged against him by BSP leaders after he used derogatory language against party chief Mayawati. In his petition, Singh had sought direction for stay on his arrest in the case.

An FIR was lodged against Singh on July 20 at Hazratganj police station here under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for his remarks against Mayawati. The complaint, which was lodged by national secretary of BSP Mewalal Gautam, alleged that Singh’s remarks had hurt the feelings of BSP workers and the Dalit community across the country and were aimed at provoking them.
Singh, who was state BJP Vice President, was expelled by the party for six years in the wake of the storm triggered by his remarks against the BSP supremo and had since gone underground.

The impact of the comments made by him is far reaching. In a time when BJP hopes to win the Assembly elections, such comments from the top brass will affect their vote shares as Dalit community hold great sway in the electoral results. Although BJP was quick in realising the mistake, and expelling Dayashankar, the incidence has once again portrayed Mayawati as a champion of the Dalit cause. This might not work in favour of BJP. Dayashankar has unknowingly earned himself an expulsion and an arrest while giving much needed political mileage to Mayawati.

The drama and the thrill are rising in Uttar Pradesh. It is only going to get better (or worse) from here as the all-important election nears.

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