Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today condemned the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government for defending Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Nihal Chand Meghwal, who is an accused in a sexual assault case. Talking exclusively to ANI, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said that the Modi Government's response to the sexual assault charges against Nihal Chand had left her very dissatisfied and displeased.
She said, "Before elections, the BJP and Narendra Modi had made tall claims and promises regarding the issue of women security, but now, this government is insensitive towards the plight of a woman who has been molested by their own minister." "They are accepting their old standards of defending and making excuses to save one of their own. The woman is going door-to-door in her quest to receive justice. This was not expected of the Modi Government," she added.
A sexual assault case was registered in 2010 by a woman at the Vaishali Nagar police station in Jaipur. The case was later closed, but the victim challenged the decision in a court which issued summons to all of the 18 accused. Political leaders have slammed the BJP for failing to take any action against Nihal Chand and demands have been pouring in for his resignation.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar told ANI, "Our PM talks about zero tolerance and then this happens, they just lie every time. The BJP should decide if they will sack Nihal Chand or not, but what I feel is that they should follow what they had promised the people. They should answer if they have zero tolerance for crime against women, then why is he still there in the ministry." Read more
Congress on Wednesday stepped up its demand for Union minister Nihal Chand Meghwal's removal from Narendra Modi Cabinet saying it was a "shame" that a person summoned by the court in a "heinous" crime like rape continues to be in the government. Read more