New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party was quick with a strong reaction after the BSP chief Mayawati launched a personal attack on Narendra Modi after he accused her of “shedding crocodile tears” over the Alwar gangrape case.
The BJP said Mayawati has “stooped to an all-time low” and she was not suitable for public life.
Earlier, Mayawati accused PM Modi of playing “dirty politics” on the Alwar gang rape case, reported news agency ANI.
“Narendra Modi was silent on Alwar gang rape case. He’s trying to play dirty politics over it so that his party can benefit in the elections. It is extremely shameful. How can he respect others’ sisters and wives when he has left his own wife for political gains?” Mayawati said.
Read: ‘Crocodile tears’, ‘dirty politics’: Modi, Mayawati clash over Alwar gangrape
She also said: “I have also come to know that married women are now trying to make sure that their husbands do not go near Narendra Modi because they fear that their husbands may also leave them like Modi left his wife.”
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Union minister Arun Jaitley criticised Mayawati over her personal attacks on the Prime Minister.
“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,” Jaitley tweeted on Monday.
Mamata Didi – Democracy has become a casualty in Bengal. Opposition workers are murdered, candidates are attacked, polling booths are captured and Opposition leaders are not entitled to organise rallies.
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.
On Sunday, Modi had hit out at Mayawati over the Alwar gang rape and challenged her party to withdraw support from the Congress government in the western state.
The political row involves the gangrape of a Dalit woman by six men who allegedly also beat up her husband in Alwar on April 26. The attackers filmed the act and allegedly posted the clip online. The woman’s family has alleged that the police delayed filing a case because of the national election in Rajasthan, where the Congress took power in December after the BJP’s defeat.