New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Niramla Sitharaman on Monday lambasted Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati over her derogatory remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Absolutely disappointing and shocking for Mayawati to speak so ill about PM and his personal life, and the women in BJP. Mayawati please be assured we’re all absolutely safe, secure and have good professional relationships in our party. You do not have to be worried about us,” said Sitharaman while addressing a press conference.

Intensifying her attack, Sitharaman further said,”Sometimes it makes me think if Mayawati thinks she is the only Dalit in the list of Dalits. In fact, I would like to ask if she at all speaks for all Dalits. Mayawati has understood that her alliance is going nowhere. She faces a sense of insecurity.”

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Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had slammed the former UP CM over her remarks on PM Modi. “Behan Mayawati – She is firm on becoming a Prime Minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life,” Jaitley tweeted.

Notably, the war of words between Mayawati and BJP leaders began after the the BSP supremo in a bizarre and personal attack on PM Modi said,”What will he know about respecting women when he left his own wife for politics. What does the PM know about the honour of women when he himself let down his wife.”

She had also alleged that women in the saffron party feel scared when of their husbands meet with the PM as they fear that they might also ‘abandon their wives like him’.

“I have come to know that in BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands going near PM Modi. They fear that like Modi they might also abandon their wives. It is extremely shameful. How can he respect others’ sisters and wives when he has left his own wife for political gains?”, the former UP CM reportedly said.

Mayawati had also accused PM of indulging in ‘dirty politics’ and stated that he has no right to speak about the rape of a Dalit woman in Alwar.

The BSP chief made the remarks while reacting to the PM’s allegation that she was “shedding crocodile tears” over the Alwar gangrape incident. Addressing election rallies in Kushinagar and Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Modi had mounted a scathing attack on the BSP supremo and dared her to withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan.