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PM politicising triple talaq issue for electoral gains: Mayawati

india Updated: Oct 25, 2016 17:38 IST

BSP supremo Mayawati hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he shouldn’t interfere in the triple talaq issue. (PTI File Photo)

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark on triple talaq, BSP president Mayawati said he should not interfere in the matter and allow Muslims to solve the issue through consensus.

In a press communiqué, Mayawati attacked the Prime Minister for politicising the issue for electoral gains.

“PM should know that ‘unity in diversity’ is the main identity of our country. Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees the citizens freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion. Instead of Constitutional provisions, the PM is trying to implement the RSS agenda,” she said.

The BSP is trying hard to strengthen its grip over Muslim votes after family feud gripped the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Addressing a rally in Lucknow recently , Mayawati had called upon Muslim voters not to waste their vote on SP as only BSP could stop BJP from coming to power in UP.

Mayawati hopes Muslim votes will swing towards BSP in view of the crisis in Yadav family. The triple talaq issue has also come in handy for the BSP to woo Muslims.

Addressing ‘Mahaparivartan Rally’ in Bundelkhand on Monday, Modi has condemned the practice of triple talaq. “It is anti-women and central government will protect their rights,” he said.

Making a scathing attack on Modi, Mayawati said saffron brigade was trying to terrorise the Muslim community.

“Earlier, they raised the issue of cow protection and love jihad. Muslims were attacked and killed in various parts of the country. BJP is raking up triple talaq issue to polarise voters before UP assembly election. BSP will oppose any attempt by the NDA government to meddle with Sharia law,” she said.

Member of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIPLMB) Khaild Rasheed Faranagi Mahali said the central government was trying to interfere in Muslim personal law and the Board would oppose the move.

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