Congress playing dirty politics over rape issue: BJP

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.

Hitting out at the Congress for communalising the Kathua rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, Lekhi said: "You see their (Congress) plan, first shout minority minority, then Dalit Dalit, and now women women, and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre". "Their anger against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will turn into votes for the BJP, " he asserted. "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. "After which her family filed a missing complaint with police alleging some Shubham and Awadhesh behind the act".

"The protest will expose the handful of people, who had throttled democracy by disrupting the 23 days' work of the budget session of the Parliament", the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH added, pointing out that the Congress has also instigated other opposition parties to display unruly behaviour in the Parliament.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in an interview to a news channel, had stated that the culprits in both Kathua and Unnao would be punished and justice done to the victims.

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He also criticised the UP government for not arresting accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and asked whether it was true that the lawmaker would have not been taken into custody had the Allahabad High Court not used harsh words. "And when the jail authorities sent him for a medical check-up, the CMO gave a wrong report that he was fit to be kept in jail", she said.

"And all this while ignoring the strict action being taken by the state governments". The government also suspended the Dy SP Unnao immediately.

"It is a very unfortunate for the state of Manipur", he said. He said he had eaten cashews at an event by mistake.

  • Megan Austin