Lucknow, August 29: A day after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) reelected party president Mayawati for another term, BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Giriraj Singh Dharmesh on Thursday made controversial comments on Mayawati. Minister Giriraj Singh Dharmesh compared the BSP chief to a "naked live wire" (bijli ka taar) and said that "whoever touches her will die." Giriraj Singh Dharmesh also raised questions on Mayawati's mentor and BSP founder Kanshi Ram's death claiming that "Kanshi Ram's sister is saying Mayawati murdered him, I'll appeal to the CM to get it investigated by the CBI." Giriraj Singh Dharmesh is a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Agra cantonment constituency, Agra district. He was appointed a minister in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet on August 21 this year.

"Kanshi Ram (BSP founder) didn't die naturally, he died in suspicious circumstances, he was being treated under Mayawati's watch." Giriraj Singh Dharmesh continued his tirade against Mayawati and added that "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made her chief minister thrice, saved her life but she betrayed us." BSP Re-Elects Mayawati as President, Decides to Contest Assembly Elections in Haryana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand And Delhi.

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The BJP minister's personal attacks on Mayawati comes as a shocker to many. Especially after BSP Supremo Mayawati supported the Narendra Modi government's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, thereby taking away the special status enjoyed by Jammu and Kashmir so far. Supporting the Central government's decision to repeal Article 370, she said that the root cause of Kashmir problem "is, in fact, Congress and Pandit Nehru alone." She questioned the opposition leaders over their visit to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it will take some time for the situation to improve. Attacking the Congress, she said the Congress "did not allow" Ambedkar to get elected to parliament and later did not honour him with Bharat Ratna.

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