Varun Gandhi slams Mayawati in speech
March 29, 2010 20:30 IST
Playing to the Hindutva gallery, newly-appointed Bharatiya Janata
Party [ Images ] secretary Varun Gandhi [ Images ] demanded a ban on
cow slaughter and vowed to give UP Chief Minister Mayawati [ Images ],
who had jailed him for his hate speeches against Muslims, the same
treatment meted out to him.
"If somebody attacks my mother, would I not stand in front of her to
protect her? Cow-slaughter is not only a social crime it is also a
criminal act but not a single case has been filed," Varun said at a
rally."Why are we silent on this issue?" he added, while urging the
crowd to put their hands up in support of the cause. Spewing venom
against Mayawati, the Pilibhit [ Images ] MP said her government had
money only for garlands and installing statues and not for the poor.
Malawati or Mayawati," Varun said ridiculing the BSP leader over the
money garland issue. "She gave me so much respect during the
elections. When our time comes we will give her even more respect,"
the 30-year-old BJP leader said.
Varun has had a running feud with the BSP supreme since she slapped
the stringent National Security Act against him for making hate
speeches during the last Lok Sabha elections and jailed him. However,
it was later revoked.Referring to the stampede in Kripalu Maharaj's
ashram in Pratapgarh in which 65 people were killed, he said, "there
is money for Rs 5-Crore, Rs 10-Crore garlands but when it comes to
giving compensation the government says it has no money. It has done
'murtikaran' (filled the city with Mayawati's statues) of Lucknow [
Raising the issue of the Bareilly riots, Varun wondered if the
violence was a "well-thought out game-plan" of the Mayawati regime.
He also criticised the Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] administration for
arresting his mother and Aonla MP Maneka Gandhi when she tried to meet
the riot-affected in the district."I am totally against communalism.
But why were they (Muslims) given permission to take out a procession
on Holi when it is well-known how people celebrate this festival with
such fervour," Varun said.
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