Swati Singh, a teacher by profession, was appointed the state president of the BJP's women wing in October last year. She had come to prominence after she launched a campaign against BSP leaders who had raised slogans against her minor daughter following her husband's use of derogatory words for Ms Mayawati.
BJP state media incharge Harish Chandra Srivastava informed that Ms Singh;s candidacy was announced after being approved by party national president Amit Shah.
In July 2016, the BJP expelled then Dayashankar Singh from the party over his use of derogatory words directed toward former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms Mayawati, which created a national controversy. The opposition parties stood united and unanimously condemned Mr Singh. A police case was also filed by BSP leaders.
Senior BJP lawmaker and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley issued a statement in the Parliament, "It is not right and I condemn the use of this word. If a person has said this, we will investigate.
Mr Singh, eventually, issued an apology and said, "She (Mayawati) has come up after a lot of struggle."
(with Agencies inputs)
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