Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reaction on the cow vigilantism saying it came a bit too late. Kharge, an Opposition leader in Lok Sabha, also told the media that one needed to inspect the intention behind PM Modi’s statements. Speaking to ANI, he said, “PM humesha badi dere kay baad baat kartey hai, neeyat kya hai woh dekhna padega.”
Kharge further alleged that the Prime Minister spoke on the issue only because it was giving “a bad name to his government.” On Sunday, PM Modi spoke out for the second time on dalit atrocities carried out in the name of gau raksha. He made an appeal saying people could ‘shoot’ him if they wanted, but ‘not Dalits.’ PM Modi also issued a warning against “fake gau rakshaks” who wanted to “destroy the society.”
While addressing BJP workers in Hyderabad, PM Modi had also said, “I would like to tell these people that if you have any problem, if you have to attack, attack me. Stop attacking my Dalit brethren. If you have to shoot, shoot me, but not my Dalit brothers. This game should stop.” During Saturday’s town hall meeting, PM Modi had hit out at gau rakshaks calling them “anti-social elements” who were running a shop in the name of cow protection.
While RSS condemned ‘handful of anti-social elements who were trying to disturb social harmony in the name of cow protection’, PM Modi’s statement hasn’t gone down well with the VHP who has said that “he would have to pay for it in the next Lok Sabha polls.”