'Mentally retarded' Shivanand Tiwari making baseless statements: BJP

New Delhi, Jan. 8 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Shivanand Tiwari for comparing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat with Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, saying his unsolicited statement would create a rift between the two alliance partners.

BJP leader Kirti Azad said Tiwari's statement is highly immature.

"It will obviously have an impact on the coalition over the sort of statement given by Shivanand Tiwari. Earlier, he had to apologise over such remarks, even Sharad Yadav had apologised. To make such a comparison and to give such immature statements is not right," said Azad.

"I want to ask him if he trying to make an effort to break the coalition. To compare Mohan Bhagwat with Owaisi is not right. It is highly immature," he added.

Another BJP leader Rameshwar Chaurasiya echoing similar sentiments said Tiwari has lost his mental balance.

"The way they have attacked Mohan Bhagwat shows that they don't know the difference between patriotism and sedition. I believe that he has become mentally retarded and he should be put in some asylum," said Chaurasiya.

" I believe that the JD-U makes him speak all this and he does not do it all by himself. So, the JD-U should make it clear if he is giving the remark on his own, or JD-U is asking him to make such statements," he added.

Tiwari had earlier compared Bhagwat to Owaisi after the RSS chief created a flutter when he said rape is mainly prevalent in urban India due to western influences and that such crimes against women do not happen in rural areas of the country.

RSS chief Bhagwat had earlier criticized the 'western' lifestyle of people in urban areas, and said that without empirical evidence to back such a claim, that rape is prevalent mainly in cities where Indians are deeply influenced by western values and not by rural India.

The RSS chief, however, said that he wanted stringent laws in sexual crimes against women and will favour capital punishment for those convicted of rape.

The BJP later defended Bhagwat's remark that 'rapes occur frequently in India not in Bharat', saying the present controversy is totally uncalled for and unnecessary.

The MIM legislator has been booked for allegedly delivering a hate speech against a particular community. (ANI)

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