Chandigarh, October 24
Senior BJP leaders Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar today hit out at Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for their “selective outrage” in cases of atrocities against women, questioning their “silence” over the Hoshiarpur rape and murder case.
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh dubbed their remarks as “political puffery” with no substance or basis to support the criticism. He said contrary to what these leaders were claiming, there was no comparison between the Hoshiarpur and Hathras cases. He pointed out in the latter instance, the UP Government and the police not only failed to initiate stern action, but also seemingly tried to cover up the matter. This, he said, was in sharp contrast to the “prompt action” taken by the Punjab Police, which immediately arrested the accused and were preparing to file the challan within a week. A six-year-old girl was allegedly raped, killed and then set on fire at a village in Hoshiarpur on Wednesday.
“Had the BJP government in UP responded as effectively and speedily as we did in Punjab, neither the Congress and the Gandhis, nor scores of NGOs and human rights activists would have been forced to take to streets to fight for the victim,” he said. — TNS