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Akhilesh terms Jaitley's rape comment 'humiliating'

PTI  Lucknow, August 23, 2014
First Published: 21:07 IST(23/8/2014) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(23/8/2014)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday slammed Union minister Arun Jaitley over his "small rape incident" remark, terming it "humiliating".

"A senior minister of the country has recently said something... he has termed the Nirbhaya case of Delhi as trivial. This has humiliated the country," Akhilesh said, addressing an event at King George's Medical University in Lucknow.

On Jaitley's comment that the Delhi rape incident has adversely affected tourism in the country, Yadav said, "There has been no impact on tourism in Agra," and quipped, "Some people think that Taj Mahal is in India, not Uttar Pradesh."

Clarifying his remarks, Jaitley had yesterday said, "I regret that the statement has been construed or some word that I have used have been construed as insensitive. That was never my intention."

Criticising the role of media in the Badaun killings case, Akhilesh said, "Media wasted two months on Badaun incident. The US and United Nations also took note of it, but what was shown about it has been proved false."

He was referring to a report of the Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) which ruled out sexual assault on the teenage cousin sisters whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in May.

"Akhilesh Yadav was the most searched person on Twitter. When I asked what is the reason for this, I was told it was because of Badaun case... but I can say that your propaganda against UP government has had no impact on the state's tourism," the chief minister said.

Addressing a press conference later, Akhilesh said a party had offered money to the kin of Badaun case victims and called for a CBI probe into the political links behind the incident.

"One party reached the Badaun case victims with money... CBI should also probe this besides with which politicians they (family) had been in touch," he said.

He alleged that politics is being played in all the cases taking place in the state.

On the Mohanlalganj case, where a woman was brutally murdered, the chief minister lashed out at a section of media, saying, "Children of that woman were knowingly made to sit on dharna... Were you all not aware of the reality?"  

He pointed out that his government had taken many steps for the development of the state but nobody talks about them. "Some people want that the government is continuously defamed," he said.


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