New Delhi: Responding to Mayawati’s jibe that men in the BJP could abandon their wives influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal life, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday addressed a press conference condemning the BSP chief’s conduct. Sitharaman, on behalf of the BJP, demanded an apology from Mayawati.
Sitharaman said that Mayawati should apologise for the personal attack on the Prime Minister. Such comments about PM Modi’s personal life and BJP workers are extremely disappointing, the defence minister said.
Sitharaman said that the Prime Minister had questioned Mayawati on Alwar gangrape, asking why she did not withdraw support from the Congress government in Rajasthan. But Mayawati did not give an answer to the question and attacked the prime minister personally. She should apologise for this, Sitharaman said.
The defence minister and BJP leader said that Mayawati had realised that her SP-BSP-RLD coalition was failing completely; so she is worried and insecurity has got the better of the BSP chief.
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PM had asked why ‘Dalit ki beti’ was silent on Alwar gangrape
On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi had raised the issue of the Alwar gangrape while addressing a public meeting in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. He had said, “Why did behen Mayawati, after the Alwar gangrape, not withdraw her support to the Rajasthan government?”
Prime Minister Modi had said that a Dalit’s daughter had been subjected to mass torture in Rajasthan. “There is a government of the ‘namdar’, which is operating in collaboration with the BSP. Both the parties are engaged in suppressing this incident. The daughters of the state today are asking Behenji why she did not withdraw support to the Rajasthan government after the incident,” Modi had said.
Mayawati answered this question of PM Modi on Monday. She issued a statement, alleging that Prime Minister Modi was doing politics on the issue. Mayawati asked how Modi could respect anybody else’s sister and wife when he left his own wife for political gains.
Mayawati said, “I have come to know also the fact that especially the married women in the BJP are apprehensive of seeing their men draw close to Sri Modi. They fear that, as Modi abandoned his wife, he would make these men abandon their wives.”
On 26 April, some people stopped a couple riding a motorcycle on the Thana Ghazi-Alwar Road and thrashed the man. Then they gang-raped the woman in front of her husband. The accomplices of the accused shot a video of the rape that went viral on social media.
Since the incident, Rajasthan Police has been accused of negligence. Police arrested the accused after 12 days of the incident. Not only that, the police took three days to file an FIR in the case.
Ever since, the opposition in the State has been alleging that the matter was suppressed by the Ashok Gehlot government in view of the pending elections, where common knowledge of the incident could affect the chances of the Congress.