Raids were conducted by police overnight to trace expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh even as his family threatened to file an FIR against Mayawati and senior BSP leaders for allegedly using foul language.
Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Jha said that raids were conducted last night but there was no clue about Singh’s whereabouts.
There were unconfirmed reports that Singh could surrender in the court in Lucknow.
The SP said that Singh’s brother Dharmendra was detained for questioning, but failed to give any information.
“All he said was that Singh left for Gorakhpur on July 21 and there was no contact since then,” he said.
Jha said that police raided the house of Singh’s uncle at Bariya last night, but nothing was found.
“His mobile is switched off since July 20 night,” he said.
Singh had sparked an outrage by his derogatory comments questioning the character of the BSP supremo. He had said that “Even a prostitute fulfils her commitment after she is paid. But Mayawati sells party tickets to anyone who paid her the highest amount. If someone gives her Rs 1 cr for a ticket she will give it to other person who is offering Rs 2 cr.” “Mayawati has become worse than a prostitute and abandons the ideals of Kanshi Ram.”
BSP workers held a protest against the derogatory remarks made by Singh. BSP workers, who staged a dharna in front of the Bhimrao Ambedkar statue in Hazratganj, had displayed banners with foul language printed on them on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Singh’s family threatened to lodge an FIR against Mayawati, saying it was a question about the integrity of women.
“My daughter, who is a minor, is in a state of shock after the incident. I will definitely lodge an FIR against Mayawati and other party leaders and fight a legal battle,” Singh’s wife Swati told reporters.
“My husband is in politics, but we have no political connection. The manner in which BSP workers acted on Thursday and the language used by them during protest was derogatory,” she said.
Swati said that her family was being dragged into the controversy unnecessarily.
“Why Mayawati is not taking action against Nassemuddin Siddiqui. Why he was not expelled from the party. I don’t want to imagine what is the state of my 80-year-old mother-in-law,” she said.
“While BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said that nothing like this happened, but the entire country has witnessed and listened the foul language used by BSP workers during protest on Thursday. It is about the integrity of women,” she said.