RAISING THE issue of triple talaq, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday asked the women of Uttar Pradesh to make “safety of women” an issue in the state Assembly elections. Addressing a gathering in Sonbhadra district, in eastern UP, before flagging off the ‘Parivartan Yatra’, Shah urged the people to ask the “three parties” – SP, BSP and the Congress – to file an affidavit (in apex court) and make their stand clear: “triple talaq ke saath aap hain ya nahin hain (are you with or against triple talaq)?”
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He pointed out that when the Supreme Court recently asked the Narendra Modi government whether the practice of triple talaq should continue, the government had replied that it was committed to ensure rights of women, and that they will get their rights. Claiming that other opposition parties – SP, BSP and Congress – are silent on the issue of triple talaq, Shah said, “Magar humey darr nehin hai (We are not scared).
“I want to use this occasion to urge Uttar Pradesh’s women to help make women’s safety an issue in these elections…. Alongside development of the state and uprooting gunda-gardi (hooliganism), respect for women should also be made an issue.” Shah earlier slammed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on the Army’s surgical strike along the LoC in Kashmir and on the issue of One Rank-One Pension and said, “Rahul-ji, sena ke jawano ke maslon par rajneeti karna band karo (stop politicising Army issues).”
In his address, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that in 2012, the people of Uttar Pradesh had expected Akhilesh Yadav — “Videsh mein padha hua ek bhola-bhala aur masoom naujawan (a foreign-educated innocent young man)” who denied ticket to D P Yadav – will maintain the rule of law in the state.
But, Sinha said, irregularities were done in the name of recruitment and Akhilesh has deputed “numberdaar” (collection agent) in every police station and no FIR can be registered without their consent, address included. Minister of State (Finance) Santosh Gangwar and Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) Anupriya Patel were also present at the rally, and addressed it.