PM Modi in a rally in Uttar Pradesh slammed BSP supremo Mayawati saying that she should stop shedding crocodile tears on the predicament of the Alwar gang-rape victim and instead withdraw her support to the Rajasthan government if she is sincere to the cause of Dalits in the country. Congress has formed a government in Rajasthan with the support of Mayawati’s BSP.
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Earlier today, when Mayawati was asked about her stand on Alwar rape case, Mayawati dragged PM Modi’s wife into politics. Mayawati had said that how can Prime Minister Modi respect others’ sisters and wives when he has abandoned his own wife “for political gains”. She then said, “I have heard that the wives of the BJP leaders are afraid whenever their husbands go to him. They are afraid that the way Modi abandoned his wife, he will separate us from our husbands too.” She then appealed to the women of the country to not vote for ‘such a man.’
On Saturday, Mayawati had convened a presser in which she censured the Congress administration and police in the Rajasthan state for delaying the filing of FIR in the Alwar rape case and had asked the Supreme Court to take tough action against the government for suppressing the victim’s voice for political benefits.
A Dalit woman was gang-raped in Rajasthan’s Alwar on April 26, 2019. A clip of the rape was circulated by her attackers which provoked outrage and protest across the state. The police were informed of the rape on April 30. Her husband had then alleged that the police didn’t file an FIR on April 30 but delayed it till May 7, 2019, after the elections in the state got over on May 6, 2019.
It is noteworthy to mention that though BSP is in alliance with SP in Uttar Pradesh, leaving out Congress, in states such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Mayawati had extended her support to Congress in the assembly elections in 2018. However, she has also maintained that she doesn’t support the ideology espoused by Congress and is supporting them only to keep BJP out of power.