New Delhi: Women MPs of the Congress and its ally the DMK disapproved on Thursday of the derogatory statement by Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi against Chief Minister Mayawati and the subsequent attack on Ms. Joshi’s house.

“A woman is the worst enemy of a woman,” Mumbai MP Priya Dutt said about Ms. Joshi’s statement. “We must have respect for each other and we need to be within the boundaries. At the same time, what followed after her apology is also condemnable,” the Congress MP said.

Rajasthan Congress MP Prabha Thakur said “we in the Congress do not support her [Ms. Joshi’s] statement. But after her apology, Mayawati’s party workers should not have done what they did.”

Describing the comments as slanderous, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi said, “I do not approve of any violence in politics and women should avoid such slanderous things.”

The CPI too condemned Ms. Joshi’s statement. “What happened after that also should not have happened,” CPI leader D. Raja said.

Azharuddin visits jail

In Moradabad, Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin met Ms. Joshi in the district jail and said that she had been put behind bars despite her tendering an apology to Chief Minister Mayawati. Mr. Azharuddin alleged that the BSP was frustrated in U.P. by the growing popularity of the Congress. — PTI

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