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Sonia's disapproval of Joshi's remarks is political compulsion: Maya

india Updated: Jul 17, 2009 13:07 IST

With Congress chief Sonia Gandhi disapproving of UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi's remarks against her, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday said her party will now ensure peaceful conduct in both houses of Parliament.

"I have come to know that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has expressed deep pain and anguish over Joshi's reprehensive and indecent remarks against me. Therefore, in the interest of the country and the people, the party has decided to assist in peaceful and smooth conduct of both houses of Parliament," she told reporters in Lucknow.

She, however, said Gandhi's disapproval was more of a 'compulsion in the wake of the declining political graph of the Congress among the people specially Dalits.'

"After my statement that Joshi made derogatory remarks against me in Moradabad on the directives of the Congress high command, Sonia Gandhi was compelled to express
anguish and pain because of the declining goodwill of the party," she claimed.

Mayawati said the 'reprehensive' and 'derogatory' remarks made by Joshi were "not at all pardonable".

"Whatever legal action is being taken against Joshi on her July 15 remarks against me will continue and like Varun Gandhi, she may get bail, but it will not minimise the
intensity of her crime," she said.

"Sooner or later she will be punished for the crime she has committed as per law," she added.