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Jayalalithaa Comes Out In Mayawati's Support

Regretted such attacks on women politicians, including herself, and said they should immediately come to an end.

21/07/2016 10:35 PM IST | Updated 21/07/2016 10:48 PM IST
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Jayalalithaa Jayaram, leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), takes part in a swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai on May 23, 2016. / AFP / ARUN SANKAR (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday came out in support of BSP supremo Mayawati, who was at the receiving end of derogatory remarks by a BJP leader, saying his choice of words brought 'disgrace' to his party and demanded his expulsion.

The AIADMK General Secretary also regretted such attacks on women politicians, including herself, and said they should immediately come to an end.

She said "respected sister" Mayawati was being hailed as an "unparalleled" leader of the oppressed classes in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere and recalled she had been raising the issue of attack on Dalits in Gujarat for the past few days in Parliament.

"May be because of that, Dayashanker Singh has berated her in obscene and obnoxious terms. It is unacceptable to criticise persons with differing opinions in such language," she said in a statement.

Women in politics often faced such 'atrocities,' she said, adding, "I have also faced such bad moments. My heart goes out to Ms Mayawati."

Union Finance Minister Minister Arun Jaitley expressing regret and Singh being relieved of all party posts was "some solace" but this was not enough, Jayalalithaa said.

"I urge the BJP President (Amit Shah) to sack Singh, who has insulted women, from the party," she demanded.

Singh, since relieved from all party posts including as Uttar Pradesh BJP Vice-President, had made derogatory remarks against Mayawati, triggering a national outrage.

Mayawati had also demanded Singh's expulsion from BJP.

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