The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against the cow vigilant groups and said the latter has made it clear that no destructive agenda can become a hurdle in the path of development.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Prime Minister has made it clear the willful defaulters, who try to create unrest in the nation, will not be spared.
“The Prime Minister’s message is very simple, straight and bold, which means that no destructive agenda can dominate the development agenda of the government,” said Naqvi.
“The Prime Minister made it clear in his message that he wishes for peace in the nation and those who want to disrupt the tranquility in the nation will not be allowed to do so,” he added.
Breaking his silence on cow vigilantes in the country, Prime Minister Modi on Friday strongly condemned their actions, saying most of them were anti-social elements masquerading as gau rakshaks (cow protectors).
“It makes me angry that people are running shops in the name of cow protection… Some people indulge in anti-social activities at night and in the day masquerade as cow protectors,” he said while speaking at his first townhall-style address to mark the second anniversary of his government’s MyGov initiative.
The Prime Minister’s comments come at a time when questions are being raised on his silence amid the spate of attacks, particularly in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, on Dalits, allegedly in the name of cow protection.