Modi Accused Of Not Speaking Up Against His Lawmakers Involved In Crimes Against Women


New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not speaking up when ruling party lawmakers and ministers are involved in crimes against women. Rahul waded into the controversy over allegations of sexual harassment against Union minister MJ Akbar and attacked the PM.

“Modiji says ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’ but it so happens that when a complaint against his minister comes, he keeps quiet,” Rahul Gandhi said at a public meeting in Morena district’s Joura area.

Gandhi is on a two-day tour of Madhya Pradesh where Assembly polls are scheduled to take place on November 28.

The Congress president did not name MJ Akbar who has been accused of harassment by several women journalists. The junior foreign minister has rejected the allegations made as part of #MeToo movement in the country, mostly on social media, and filed a defamation case against the first journalist to have named him.

This is the first time that Gandhi, 48, has attacked the BJP government at the Centre over the allegations against Akbar.

The Congress had recently lent his support to the movement, calling it a big issue. “The truth needs to be told loud and clear in order to bring about change,” he tweeted last week.

At his public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena, Rahul Gandhi kept the barbs coming. “When an Uttar Pradesh MLA rapes a woman, UP CM Yogi (Adityanath) keeps quiet and the prime minister keeps quiet. Their true slogan should be ‘beti padhao aur beti ko BJP ke neta, mantri aur MLA se bachao,” he said.

Gandhi has been mostly accompanied by state Congress president Kamal Nath and the party’s campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia during his programmes in Madhya Pradesh.

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