On a day Prime Minister broke his silence on the cow vigilantes, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched a scathing attack on the BJP and RSS saying if they “love the gai (cow) and the nilgai so much, they should keep them in their shakhas”.
“Nilgai are creating havoc in Bihar’s farms, but when we decided to kill them, Maneka Gandhi started talking about animal rights. RSS talks of protecting cow and nilgai. If the cow protectors have so much of sympathy towards ‘gai and nilgai’ they should keep them in their shakhas. Don’t let them roam the fields and trouble farmers,” the JD(U) chief said.
Addressing party workers at ‘karyakarta sammelan’ in Kurmi-dominated Ghatampur area of Kanpur, he said the RSS should launch “a ‘Gau Raksha Shakha’ in UP where cattle can be seen loitering on the streets and that often lead to accidents. He said while the BJP leaders wear leather shoes, the “gau rakshaks” flog those who skin dead cattle.
“JD(U) workers should click pictures of the shoes of BJP workers and leaders and ask them ‘ye kis chamde ka bana hai’ (which leather is this made of). BJP and RSS are trying to vitiate the country’s atmosphere. And that is why we want sangh-mukt country,”
Nitish said his party would fight the UP polls on the plank of prohibition and asked CM Akhilesh Yadav to follow the legacy of Ram Manohar Lohia and impose a complete ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol. “Akhilesh ji, don’t panic over losing revenue. There may be some initial difficulty but people will ultimately support you for the noble cause. Abandon the business of alcohol and join the traditional, ethical and moral business of dairy,” he said.
Praising his government in Bihar, Nitish said the state had 50 per cent reservation for women and 20 per cent for backward classes in various schemes. He said the people of UP would bring about change this time and “the change would be witnessed across the world”.
He said the UP elections are “rehearsals” for JD(U) as it wants to strengthen its base here. “Our fight in UP is not with SP and BSP but with BJP. Our main target is 2019 Lok Sabha elections wherein we will fight with strength and face BJP,” he said.