In state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi case, UP Chief Minister and BSP supreme Mayawati has said that she stopped BSP workers across India from “reacting violently” to Joshi’s remarks which, according to her, were insulting to her as a woman and a Dalit.
“I can assure you that if my party members had come out on the streets across the country to express their anger against (Rita Bahuguna Joshi), there would have been anarchy everywhere,” Maywati told reporters in Lucknow.
It may be mentioned that Joshi was arrested late Wednesday and sent to prison for reportedly making a derogatory speech against Mayawati and charged under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
According to reports, a mob shouting pro-Mayawati slogans, attached Joshi’s house and set it on fire. However, BSP denied the reports, saying on the contrary that congress workers did it at the behest of Joshi.
“If I had not restrained my party members from reacting violently to Joshi’s remarks, the entire country would have been on the boil. The Congress should be grateful to me for that.
“I can tell you for sure that but for me, the law and order situation would have worsened to a stage where the central government would have been compelled to impose President’s Rule in all states,” she said.
She thanked all political parties for flaying Joshi’s remarks. She said: “I was surprised that initially Congress president Sonia Gandhi did not tender an apology. It was only on second thoughts, after she realised that many MPs had disapproved of Joshi’s remarks, that Sonia expressed her regret.”
“I do not mind healthy criticism but use of unparliamentary, obscene and derogatory remarks cannot be condoned,” she said. “It is high time the Congress party realises that and tells its leaders and workers to behave.”