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20 Jan 2019

BJP MLA calls Mayawati 'worse than eunuch', BSP hits back

BJP leader's offensive remarks on Mayawati sparks row

A controversy erupted after a BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh made offensive remarks on BSP Chief Mayawati saying she was 'worse than a eunuch'.

Addressing a gathering, lawmaker Sadhana Singh on Saturday said Mayawati was 'blot of womanhood' for 'selling dignity for power'. Singh was referring to the newly-announced SP-BSP alliance.

Hours later, BSP hit back calling Singh 'mentally ill'.

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BJP leader's offensive remarks on Mayawati sparks row
Singh says Draupadi fought for her dignity, Mayawati didn't

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Singh says Draupadi fought for her dignity, Mayawati didn't

In an apparent reference to the guest house incident, Singh said when Draupadi was disrobed, she vowed to take revenge. But Mayawati did otherwise.

She added Mayawati was "neither a woman nor a man".

"We strongly condemn Mayawati ji. A woman who gulped insults for comfort and power ... is a blot on womankind," the MLA from Mughalsarai said while the crowd cheered.

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In 1995, Mayawati was allegedly assaulted by SP workers

Singh was referring to the infamous guest house incident of 1995 where Mayawati was allegedly assaulted by Samajwadi Party workers as she withdrew support from the government.

The incident led to years of animosity between the two parties. However, earlier this year SP and BSP buried the hatchet and formed an alliance for the Lok Sabha elections.

They will fight on 38 seats each.

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BSP says Singh should be admitted to mental hospital

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BSP says Singh should be admitted to mental hospital

Reacting on Singh's words, BSP leader SC Mishra said the comments showed BJP's mentality. He added the BJP, which governs Centre and UP, is scared of SP-BSP alliance.

"They have no 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 of Agra or Bareli," he said.

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Congress' Priyanka Chaturvedi condemns comments

Singh's comments were also condemned by Congress. The spokesperson of the party, Priyanka Chaturvedi, tweeted it wasn't surprising the lawmakers belonged to BJP.

But the fact that a woman used such language for another woman and people clapped was appalling, wrote Chaturvedi.

Several Twitter users expressed disgust at Singh's comments and hoped Union Minister Maneka Gandhi would initiate action against her.

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What did Sadhana Singh say about Mayawati?

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Who is Sadhana Singh?

Asked on 20-01-2019 by Aadhya Mittal

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Sadhana Singh is a member of UP's 17th Legislative Assembly and represents the Mughalsarai constituency in Chandauli district.

What did Sadhana Singh say about Mayawati?

Asked on 20-01-2019 by Ananya Pillai

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Sadhana Singh said Mayawati was a blot on womanhood as she 'sold her dignity' for power. The BSP Chief joined hands with SP recently.

How did SP react to the comments?

Asked on 20-01-2019 by Aaryan Kapoor

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SP leader SC Mishra said the comments showed BJP's mentality. He added BJP was scared of SP and BSP alliance.

On how many seats will BSP and SP contest?

Asked on 20-01-2019 by Arnav Dutta

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BSP and SP will contest on 38 seats each in the upcoming general elections. Uttar Pradesh sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha.

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