The arrest of BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait is to enforce the rule of law and not not out of any personal or caste enmity, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference in Lucknow, she said it was government's responsibility to enforce law.
"Tikait has apologised for his remarks. He has submitted himself before the law. Now the law will take its course," the chief minister said.
She said there has been criticism that the arrest has been delayed. "We could have arrested him on the same day when he made the remarks but my government, police and the administration have shown patience. I am happy that despite tension the police and administration had shown restraint during the arrest. I congratulate these people."