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Sitharaman Slams Mayawati for Remark on PM, Demands an Apology for 'Demeaning Women in BJP'

The Defence Minister retorted to Mayawati's jibe that women in the BJP are scared their husbands will follow PM Modi's lead and abandon them saying that the female BJP members are secure.


Updated:May 13, 2019, 7:03 PM IST
Sitharaman Slams Mayawati for Remark on PM, Demands an Apology for 'Demeaning Women in BJP'
File photo of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Gorakhpur (UP): BJP's Nirmala Sitharam on Monday hit out at Mayawati over her earlier jibe at Narendra Modi and said that it was unbecoming of her to comment about the PM's personal life.

"I am absolutely disappointed and shocked that she spoke so ill about the PM and his personal life, and about women in BJP. Behen Mayawati please be assured we're all absolutely safe, secure and have good professional relationships in our party," she said in a press conference.

Unleashing a flurry of personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday had said that women in the BJP are scared of their husbands meeting the PM fearing they might "abandon their wives like him" and that he deserves the abusive language used against him.

"How can he (Modi) respect others' sisters and wives when he has left his own innocent wife for political gains?" Mayawati had said in her no-holds-barred tirade which left the BJP fuming with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying the BSP chief is "unfit for public life".

Addressing a joint SP-BSP rally here, Mayawati had repeated her caste swipe at Modi, calling him a "fake OBC".

"He (Narendra Modi) is lamenting in his rallies that Opposition is using abusive language for him. 'Jo gaali khaata hai, woh gaali khaane ka kaam karta hai' (those who get abused must have done something to deserve this treatment)," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

Earlier in the day, Mayawati said, "I have come to know that in BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands in Modi's close proximity. They fear that like Modi they might also abandon their wives."

"Under such circumstances, I specially request all the women of the country not to give their votes to such a person. This would also be their real respect to the deserted wife of Modiji," she said in a press release.

With the Prime Minister daring her to withdraw support to Congress government in Rajasthan over the Alwar gangrape case, Mayawati accused him of playing "dirty politics" over the incident.

"It is extremely shameful. How can he respect others' sisters and wives when he has left his own innocent wife for political gains?" she said.

The BJP reacted by saying that Mayawati's remarks were a sign of her "frustration" as "people from different walks of life have voted for the BJP".

Slamming the BSP supremo for making personal remarks against the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: "Behan Mayawati - She is firm on becoming a Prime Minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life."

UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said "nothing can be more indecent than the statements made by her. The truth about Mayawati and her politics is coming out in front of everyone."

Mayawati also took a jibe at the Prime Minister for terming poverty as his caste during an election rally earlier last week, saying "he is changing his caste every second day for political selfish motives".

Terming the PM's "affection" for dalits as "dramebazi", she cited the various alleged cases of atrocities on dalits in Gujarat and other BJP ruled states and said Modi has no moral right to make any suggestion to anyone on the Alwar case.

"If he was really concerned for the poor he would have given Rs. 15 to 20 lakh to every poor as promised and would not have taken the decision on note ban in a hurry which has rendered many people jobless and many people lost their

lives," she said.

"Neither is the Prime Minister poor nor is he a fakir and is merely doing drama for the vote of the poor," she stressed.

She repeated her charge that Modi got his caste included in the most backward caste list to suit his political motives.

"He (Modi) can't be the real OBC as he is a fake OBC. Akhilesh Yadav ,who is sitting with us, is the real OBC," she said referring to SP chief at the rally.

"Our alliance is strong, durable and long lasting and it won't sit quiet till it uproots Modi government at the centre and Yogi Government in the state. The polling trends are in our favour and this is the reason for BJP people's faces are turning pale," she said.

She claimed that the Prime Minister was using honorifics like 'behenji' and "behen kumari Mayawati" during rallies earlier as he was hoping that the SP and BSP will end their tie-up, but he has now returned to his barbs of "bua and babua" as he knows that the alliance is going strong.

Mayawati claimed that May 23, when counting of votes is scheduled, will herald "bad days for the BJP" and therefore its leaders were agitated.

Hitting back, state BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said Mayawati "is extremely sad, and her frustration is coming out in the open."

"Today her model in 'parijan hitaay, parijan sukhaay (in the interest of the family, for the happiness of the family). So far in the elections, people from different walks of life in the state have voted for the BJP, and this is the reason why Mayawati is feeling sad and hopeless," he told reporters.

(With inputs from PTI)​

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