A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposed the practice of triple talaq among Muslims, BSP supremo Mayawati today criticised him over his stance on the contentious issue, saying he should not "force his opinion and decision" on the believers of any particular religion by "following the RSS agenda".
Accusing the BJP and the Centre of tinkering with issues related to Shariat, she said such matters should be left to the Muslim community and not raked up with an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in some states for political gains.
"BJP and its central government led by Narendra Modi has now started a new controversy over Muslim personal law, triple talaq and common civil code before the Assembly elections in some states to serve its petty politics. BSP strongly condemns it," Mayawati said in a statement.
"The prime minister and central government instead of interfering in the issue of triple talaq should better leave it to the Muslim community to form a common opinion," she stressed.
The BSP chief said it is not right for the prime minister to "force his opinion and decision on the believers of any particular religion by following the RSS agenda".
"It is not in national interest that BJP and prime minister indulge in petty politics in the matters of Muslims and their Shariat, especially before the coming Assembly polls in some states," she added.
Modi had yesterday denounced the practice of triple talaq among Muslims and deprecated attempts to politicise the issue.
"Now the issue of talaq has come up. Just like if any Hindu commits female foeticide he will have to go to jail, similarly what is the crime of my Muslim sisters that some one says talaq over phone and her life is destroyed," he said addressing a "Maha Parivartan Rally" here in the Bundelkhand region in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
"Politics and elections have their own place but getting Muslim women their rights as per the Constitution is the responsibility of the government and the people of the country," he said.