TN CM Jaya comes out in Mayawati's support

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today 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."