BJP on Thursday described the attack on Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi's house by alleged BSP workers as "a mock fight" between the two parties to win Dalit votes and to divert the attention of the people from issues like drought and price rise.
"BJP neither approves the speech of Joshi nor the violent reaction of the BSP. It is concerned that real issues are not being addressed," BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told PTI.
"This incident is not for the good or welfare or security of the Dalit but a mock fight between the Congress and the BSP in their clamour for Dalit votes," he said.
Naqvi alleged that the attack was aimed at diverting the attention of the people from real issues like drought, price rise, crime and power crisis faced by the people of Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP leader said the interest of the people is being "ignored" by the Congress at the Centre and BSP in Uttar Pradesh.
Joshi was arrested in Ghaziabad district on Wednesday night for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in Moradabad district.
A portion of her house was set on fire in Lucknow by alleged BSP supporters.