Lucknow: Expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Dayashankar Singh, who is accused of making a derogatory remark against BSP chief Mayawati, was on Friday arrested from the Buxar district in Bihar along the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border. He has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Police.
Dayashankar's statement against Mayawati had led to a huge furore forcing him to go into hiding to evade arrest. He was last seen at a temple in Jharkhand before his arrest.
At a party meeting in July, Dayashankar had called Mayawati 'worse than a prostitute'. He had said, "Mayawati is selling tickets. She is a three-time chief minister but she gives tickets to anyone who gives her Rs 1 crore. If someone comes with Rs 2 crore in the afternoon, she gives him a ticket. If somebody comes with Rs 3 crore in the evening, she dumps the previous candidates and picks him. Today her character is worse than that of a prostitute."
The statement had evoked angry reactions in Parliament after which he was suspended from the party. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had condemned the statement in Rajya Sabha and apologised to Mayawati on party's behalf.
The UP Police had registered a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act but even before they could call him for questioning, he had fled.
The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court had denied a stay on his arrest on Thursday and had ordered the state government to respond on the matter in a week.