With political temperature rising by every passing day for the past 9 days, UP STF finally brought some breather by arresting expelled BJP leader Dayashanker Singh from his native town of Buxar in Bihar on Friday.
Singh had been on run ever since BSP leader Mewa Lal Gautam lodged an FIR in Hazratganj police station on July 20 under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for passing “derogatory” comments against BSP chief Mayawati.
Earlier, on Thursday the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court had refused to provide immediate relief to Dayashankar while hearing a petition seeking quashing of the FIR against him. Recently a photograph of Dayashankar had surfaced on the social media where he was shown posing outside the Baijnath temple in Jharkhand’s Deoghar district.
With Singh’s arrest, the Akhilesh government at least for the time has been able to silence Mayawati who had been accusing the Samajwadi Party (SP) government of being hand in glove with the BJP. However, the pressure would mount on the State government for taking action against BSP leaders like Naseemuddin Siddiqui, as an FIR had been lodged also in Hazratganj against him and others by Singh’s family members for using foul language against Singh’s family members including his daughter.
Interestingly, instead of bringing Singh to Lucknow, the government handed him over to Mau police and subsequently transferred the case against Singh from Lucknow to Mau. Reason cited by the police sources is the fact that the scene of the crime happened to be Mau and not Lucknow. Besides, lawyer from Opposite party had demanded quashing of the FIR citing reason that the crime didn’t take place in Lucknow. The court has fixed August 7 for the reply in the petition.
Politically the state government has devoid the BJP leaders or Singh supporters of an opportunity to make Singh post arrest as hero.
More than half dozen ex-MLAs and other ministers of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party took