Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hit back at Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati for her remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mayawati and PM Modi have been involved in a bitter war of words over a gang rape case in Rajasthan’s Alwar.
Arun Jaitley stated Mayawati has “stooped to an all-time low” and she was not suitable for public life. “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.
Mayawati had launched a scathing personal attack on PM Modi after he accused her of “shedding crocodile tears”.
In an interview, she accused Modi of playing “dirty politics”. “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?” news agency ANI quoted Mayawati as saying.
The BSP boss stated wives don’t let their husbands go near the PM out of “fear that they may also leave them like Modi left his wife.”
At a poll rally on Sunday, PM Modi had hit out at Mayawati over the rape case and challenged her party to withdraw support from the Congress government in Rajasthan.
Mayawati accused the PM of showing false sympathy for Dalits and stated that his words rang hollow. “If Modi had genuinely been a backward caste person, he would not have objected to bungalows owned by Dalit and OBC people. He changes his caste every day for electoral gains,” she added.
There have been protests in Rajasthan over the Alwar rape case after reports of police delay in filing a first information report (FIR). The BJP has accused the Congress government in the state of trying to hush up the matter.