Prime Minister Modi on Sunday went hammer and tongs at ‘gau rakshaks’, saying if they want to shoot, they should shoot him, but not his Dalit brothers.Amid a row on cow vigilante groups, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday accused the BJP of creating differences in society in the name of cow protection and deviating from the discussion on development. “BJP’s attitude on the issue of cow is well known. Cows are owned by farmers in villages. You can find cows with us (Yadavs)…but tell me which person in BJP in a city owns a cow,” he said after a cabinet meeting in Lucknow.
He also said that PM Modi’s assertion on fake ‘‘gau rakshaks’ came too late and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was doing the mistake of relating cow protection with the nation’s progress.
The Chief Minister charged that the saffron party was creating differences in the society in the name of cow protection and BJP’s attempts were focused on how to deviate from a healthy discussion on development. His comments come a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at “fake cow protectors”.
Yadav said the Prime Minister spoke on the issue of cows when he sensed his own loss.
“Everyone knows the BJP in regard to cow protection. They want to divert the nation’s attention from development. They raised the question…although it was late but at last they understood how much loss was taking place in the nation. When he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) saw his own loss, he raised the question. We had asked not to do politics on this issue,” Yadav told the media in Lucknow.
In an unusual expression of solidarity with the Dalit community that faced the wrath of so-called ‘cow protectors’ in Gujarat recently, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday went hammer and tongs at them, saying if they want to shoot, they should shoot him, but not his Dalit brothers.
“People who think they control Dalits could not digest the fact that Dalit people getting to know about the BJP’s good work and that is why they are in tizzy. They are indulging in raising issues using Dalits. I want to tell those people that if they have any problem, they should attack me, but stop attacking my Dalit brothers. If you want to shoot, shoot me, but don’t shoot my Dalit brothers,” he added.
Urging the state governments to initiate strong against such fake ‘gau rakshaks’, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday requested the true cow devotes to be aware so that some elements do not misuse their name.
“Politics of breaking the society is not good for the country and discrimination among human beings is not acceptable to us. Shanti, Ekta, Sadbhavana are central to the progress of the nation. We have to protect the marginalized and the Dalits. It is our duty,” he said in Hyderabad.
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