Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday once again targetted his political rivals, namely Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, for what he said was not being able to provide to women in the state.
Speaking after holding a big road show in Varanasi, Modi said, “Akhilesh Yadav is shielding Gayatri Prajapati. SP is not interested in governance.. We shall ensure safety of women…If lost buffaloes can be tracked down in UP, can the police not trace (rape accused) Gayatri Prajapati.”
Modi’s comments came after reports suggested that Prajapati was allegedly planing to leave the country.
Uttar Pradesh Police had last month filed an FIR against tainted senior minister Gayatri Prajapati in connection with cases of alleged gangrape and attempt to rape a woman and her minor daughter.
The apex court had directed the police to book the minister, who is a senior leader of the ruling Samajwadi Party.
However, not every one was impressed with Modi’s concerns for women with many finding them ironical in light of his supporters recently issuing rape threats to a martyr’s daughter on social media platforms.
Far from coming to Gurmehar Kaur’s rescue, Modi’s junior home minister, Kiren Rijiju, had implied that by questioning the politics of ABVP, the martyr’s daughter had her mind polluted.
Taking a dig at Modi’s latest comments, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said, “Pl walk the talk Mr PM. Ur party people and those whom u follow on twitter are daily threatening women wid rape. Stop speaking, start acting. (sic)”
Pl walk the talk Mr PM. Ur party people and those whom u follow on twitter are daily threatening women wid rape. Stop speaking, start acting https://t.co/NRNbqBFu1m
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 4, 2017
In a separate tweet, Kejriwal said, “Such talks (on women safety) by a leader are nothing but hypocritical after his party supporters issue rape threats to our sisters and mothers.”
Modi has long been accused of following some of the most vicious Twitter trolls, known for causing grief to vulnerable female users. The prime minister has chosen not to unfollow them even in light of incessant criticism.
Some of his followers had even targetted the disabled son of former minister in Atal Vajpayee’s cabinet, Arun Shourie, after the latter criticised Modi’s policies.