Priyanka Slams Yogi Govt, Police for Not Arresting UP Leader Accused of Rape

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra talks to press at party office in Lucknow on Feb 13, 2019. Also seen Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia. —  IANS file photo

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NEW DELHI — Congress General Secretary in-Charge of UP East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the BJP government and the police in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday over the Chinmayanand case, saying they were repeating the “negligence” shown and “protection” given to the accused in the Unnao rape case.

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka said, “the consequences of the BJP government and police’s negligence and protection to the accused in the Unnao rape case are known to everyone. Now, the BJP government and police are repeating the same in the Shahjahanpur case. The victim is in fear. But do not know what the BJP government is waiting for.”

Priyanka tweeted in Hindi:

Her allegations came a day after the student, who has levelled rape charges against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand, threatened to set herself on fire if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader was not arrested immediately.

The student also asked if the government was waiting for her to die even after her statement was recorded before a magistrate, reports PTI.

The police had earlier registered a case of criminal intimidation and abduction on a complaint lodged by the student’s father.

Later, the student, who studied in a college run by an organisation led by the BJP leader, also accused him of rape and “physical exploitation” for over a year.

Prinya also said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has turned a blind eye even to this (Chinmayanand) incident.

Later, the Congress took on the Yogi government on its completing 2.5 years in office. The party fielded two women spokespersons, Supriya Shrinate and Sharmistha Mukherjee, to attack the UP government, reports IANS.

Shrinate questioned the silence of the BJP’s women Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Chinmayanand case. Supriya Shrinate said that now the victim is saying that she will commit suicide. The SIT is interrogating the victim, but after her statement in front of a magistrate why is the SIT not taking action, she asked.

Sharmistha Mukherjee said that there was much fanfare over the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” slogan, but most of the money for that scheme has been spent on publicity.

She said only 0.69 paise per beneficiary has been spent. The government has been unable to sensitise people on gender issues.

(Withe agency inputs)

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