Mudda discusses Gayatri Prajapati, Dayashankar cases and compares them

Absconding Samajwadi Party leader Gayatri Prajapati was arrested on Wednesday after a hunt of 17 days by the police. He and six others were accused of gangraping a woman and molesting her daughter in 2014. While BJP is claiming credit for the arrest, its revoking of suspension of state vicepresident Dayashankar Singh who was guilty of abusing BSP supremo Mayawati post its massive election win in UP has raised eyebrows.

Wednesday’s edition of Mudda, APN’s daily current affairs talk show, discussed the issue. Moderated by Abhilasha Pathak, the participants were Samajwadi Party spokesperson Jagdev Singh Yadav, Congress leader Ghanendra Bhardwaj, BJP leader KK Shukla and APN Consulting Editor Govind Pant Raju.

Raju said: “Prajapati was a symbol of corruption in the Samajwadi Party.  He even had charges of rape against him. Yet, the party always protected him. When Amitabh Thakur’s wife had filed a complaint of a sand mining case against Prajapati, Amitabh got a call from Mulayam Singh Yadav which was allegedly a threat call, telling him to drop the charges. When Akhilesh Yadav came to power he kicked Prajapati out but yet he came back. He holds a record of taking the oath of office four-five times in one year. This proves how much influence he had on the first generation of the party. Mulayam’s second son, Prateek Yadav, roams around in a Rs 5 crore car though he says he has taken a loan for it. But interest on that loan is also about Rs 15 lakh. How did he get so much property and money in one year? Of course, Prajapati is behind all this. He is a hoarder of black money.”

Jagdev Singh Yadav said: “The girl did not lodge an FIR even after three years. Doubts arise as to why during the elections she is coming up with such allegations. Yes, if Prajapati is guilty he should get the apt punishment.”

Ghanendra Bhardwaj said that when the Congress forged its alliance with the Samajwadi Party, it was clear from the beginning that people like Prajapati and Dayashankar [Singh] should not be ousted from the party. “To net the votes of the Dalits the BJP removed Dayashankar and when his wife won and they got Dalit votes they brought him back. This shows their double standards.”

Shukla said that the police knew the BJP were coming to power and hence had already started working. “Prajapati is guilty of a crime. Dayashankar is not. He had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Mayawati and hence he was removed. But after that Mayawati made coarse comments about the BJP. Dayashankar’s wife came out and stated the truth, that her husband was not guilty.”