Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Wednesday (October 23) slammed Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra by calling her a 'Twitter Waali Neta' (Twitter politician).

Maurya was reacting to Priyanka Gandhi's recent remark saying the state topped the list in crime against women.

"She is a Twitter wali neta. Recently, she made her brother lose the Amethi Lok Sabha seat. What she says does not matter. What matters is that we are taking steps to strengthen law and order in the state," Maurya told a reporter.

"The opposition does not have any issue. The reality is that there is a fear amongst criminals. I would not comment on the numbers. We are acting strictly on crime and taking all steps to control these incidents," he added.

Earlier, the Congress general secretary had slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the rise in the crime against women in the state.

"Uttar Pradesh is number 1 in crime against women. It is very shameful. The state government should do something about it," Priyanka said.

The Congress leader was referring to a 2017 report released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on October 21 that stated that the maximum number of crimes against women was registered in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the report, over 3.5 lakh cases were registered against women, of which the maximum cases were registered in Uttar Pradesh (56,011), which is also the country's most populated state.