Congress playing dirty politics over rape issue: BJP

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The BJP can not belittle the fight of women for equality and dignity, the party said.

Lekhi, while claiming that these two incidents were selectively raked to target the BJP, defended the two J&K ministers of the party who had joined a rally against police probe, claiming that they were "misled".

"I strongly condemn the party, which sees even rape on religious and class lines".

In a seemingly coordinated move, Modi's sharp condemnation of Kathua and Unnao incidents at the inauguration of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar memorial here was followed by BJP's two ministers - Lal Singh and Chander Prakash - submitting their resignations to the state unit party chief Sat Sharma. Her statement reflects her partys regressive ideology.

"This proves what kind of dirty politics is being played in Jammu and Kashmir", she said.

Continuing to slam the Congress, Prasad said that besides giving lip service to the Dalits for over 50 years, the nation's Grand Old Party had intentionally kept a large portion of the population poor and illiterate so it could continue to exploit them as their vote bank.

"Belated lip-service, damage control actions and downright whataboutery indulged by the BJP can not absolve it from its sins!" he tweeted.

In a separate interaction with reporters, Pilot said Congress will start working on its campaign for the state elections soon.

But still, these issues do not seem appropriate enough to be addressed by our very own Prime Minister who calls himself 'Pradhan Sevak (Prime Servant)' of the country. But my pain is not bigger than the pain of public, ' said the former regional actor.

On encroachment on Kolhapur Municipal Corporation's (KMC) reserved land at Gandhinagar area near Tawade hotel on Pune-Bangalore national highway, Mr Patil said that this area earlier was in Uchagaon gram panchyat's limit but now it has come under KMC's limit and hence hotels and other business establishments that were theresince last 20 years would be regularised by charging sufficient fines.

Responding to this, Union Minister Smriti Irani, while condemning "efforts to politicise" such cases, said stern action would be taken against those found guilty in the Unnao rape case, in which a BJP MLA is the primary accused, .

The government has already announced that it would give rewards to the medal winners from the state, he added.