Congress, BJP lock horns, indulge in slugfest over reaction to rapes

BATTLE OF WITS Congress state unit president Ajoy Kumar and BJP state unit spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo

BATTLE OF WITS Congress state unit president Ajoy Kumar and BJP state unit spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo

The BJP leader also accused the opposition of politicising the rape of girls in Kathua and Unnao. "There are some people who want to politicise such incidents, but as a woman, I believe and it is my request that victim-shaming should not be done", she said.

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi too was fielded by party in the day to distance the saffron outfit from the two ministers in J&K for defending the accused.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi noted that the Kathua and Unnao incidents can not be termed as "normal cases" and said these have shamed the nation.

The crisis-manager for BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav on Thursday evening had dropped hints of an impending face-saver for Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had apparently been facing political heat to revisit ties with the saffron outfit. "But now BJP is following Gandhi's principles and it will soon follow Nehru's principles too", he said.

He said the Congress Jammu and Kashmir unit was consistently raising its voice against the perpetrators and seeking justice for the victim.

"They are simply paying lip service (to Ambedkar), as the prime minister is prone to - time and again". "Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. 1". But my pain is not bigger than the pain of public, ' said the former regional actor. "Did it not know this for the last four years".

Unnao ganrape involves BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and few of his close aides.

Talking to reporters here this evening, he dismissed NCP's ongoing "Hallabol" rallies saying they were nothing but trips of their senior leaders in AC coaches and this would not any adverse effect on BJP's performance.

The government has already announced that it would give rewards to the medal winners from the state, he added. Where are the BJPs fierce, vocal women leaders?

"They resigned not on account of guilt but because of a negative campaign against them", he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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