Modi says killing in name of gau raksha unacceptable, Rahul calls PM’s message ‘too little too late’

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's statement comes hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a stern message to cow vigilantes in the country saying that killing in the name of cow is unacceptable.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 9:50 pm
Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Sabarmati ashram, cow vigilantes, gau rakshak Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi lashed out at PM Modi for his remarks on cow vigilantes, saying it came only too late.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to cow vigilantes on Thursday saying ‘it was too little too late’. “Too little too late; words mean nothing when actions out-do them,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI. The Congress vice-president’s remarks comes hours after the Prime Minister sent a stern message to cow vigilantes in the country saying that killing in the name of cow is unacceptable. PM Modi was speaking at the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

The Prime Minister said: “Killing people in the name of cow is unacceptable. No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem,” adding that Mahatma Gandhi would not approve of such incidents. Also Read: Narendra Modi warns cow vigilantes: Killing in the name of gau bhakti is unacceptable

Meanwhile, at the AICC briefing today, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad dubbed Modi’s remarks as “yet another publicity stunt” which had “no meaning”. He said the remarks have come after “public pressure” in the wake of yesterday’s countrywide protests against lynchings.

PM Modi’s remarks come close on the heels of numerous murder and lynching incidents by self-styled cow vigilante groups over rumours of cow slaughter. The most recent was the murder of 15-year-old Junaid Khan by a group of people on a Mathura-bound train in Ballabhgarh in Haryana after an argument escalated over seats. Junaid, who was accompanied by his two brothers, was going back home after Eid shopping when he was mocked over his skull cap and referred to as a ‘beef-eater.’ Five people have been held so far in the incident.

This was not the first time that the Prime Minster had spoken against self-styled gau rakshaks. In August last year, he had vehemently condemned actions of cow vigilantes. “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,” PM Modi said. He also added saying people who wanted to serve cows should ensure that the animals do not eat plastic.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, demonstrations were carried out by citizens at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar under the banner of ‘Not In My Name’ as a sign of protest against the government’s silence over attacks on Dalits and minorities. People held banners saying ‘All lives matter’ and ‘Muslim lives matter.’

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    Hariprasad Sudharsan
    Jun 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm
    Mr. Modi encouraged and awarded gau rakshak when he was cm. Bi annual awards for best gau rakshak and budget allocation for the same in Gj government. Rules/talk are powerless if leadership philosophy is not in line with rules. Thank God I live in South we do not have people openly taking law on to hands. Bjp philosophy is against peaceful south. Please do not come down south. You want to impose your language your culture your thoughts in foreign lands. Yes South and NE are foreign lands for bjp. Trying to capture it. Although South is Hindu majority like north does not mean you can rule us. There are many Christians countries in the world. Unification in the name of religion is the dumbest idea. I conclude by saying gau rakshaks are not developed out of nowhere it has been a tool of rss and time has come for modi to become a statesman and take on his own men.
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      arishsahani Arish
      Jun 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm
      DOES RAHUL KNOWS WHAT HE TALKING . RAHUL WHO RAN NO MINISTRY HAS NO EXPERIENCE WHEN IN POWER FOR 10 YRS. SHAME RAHUL TALKS BUT NO WALK
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        rajan
        Jun 30, 2017 at 9:24 am
        Kakistocracy is at its worst under this dispensation. This hypocrite called Modi with his comrade Amit Shah head a group of bigots who first encourage such crimes and polarise the people for consolidation of their Hindu vote bank and then belatedly decry such incidents for fear of antagonising international community. They fully well know that it's akin to playing with fire yet their saffron genes compel them to continue with their divisive agenda to the detriment of the country. If we the people do not see through their games and block their dangerous policies, this country is in for very tough days ahead. Modi himself has been trying to promote Patel at the expense of Gandhi for the inherent hatred saffronites have towards the latter. 'Chatur Baniya' remark by Shah describes how much irreverent these Fanatics are towards The Mahatma. It was no Freudian Slip on his part but a consciously made comment. Now Modi is invoking Gandhi to condemn the incident. BJP surely symbolises hypocrisy
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          bhakti
          Jun 30, 2017 at 6:01 am
          indians fail to fully appreaciate how lucky they are to have modi.
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            bhakti
            Jun 30, 2017 at 6:00 am
            who listens to rahul gandhi?
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              Raghu
              Jun 30, 2017 at 4:44 am
              First thing whole country knows that these things happening under you directions. It only matter of time when you fully exposed. Then you will see tera kya haal hoga saa.le!
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                Kris
                Jun 30, 2017 at 3:52 am
                Finally... maturity from Rahul to stand up and straight talk to Modi's face. It is indeed to little too late. Surely on his recent foreign travels, this point must have been raised by someone which probably left the PM red-faced and ashamed... only to return to india and condemn these lynchings! Good work Rahul. You need to do more.
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                  PAREED
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 2:04 am
                  THE MASS BEHAVIOUR IS TO AGITATE AGAINST ANY LEGAL OR ILLEGAL FACTS.THE PRIME MINISTER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ATTACK BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE.THEY WANTED VIOLENCE TO MOTIVATE THEIR GOALS.RAHUL GANDHI IS NOT A MATURED POLITICIAN.NOW CONGRESS TAKE ADVICE FROM YECHURY.RAHUL IS SEEN NERVOUS IN HIS FACE DUE TO THE CONTINOUS FAILURE IN THE ELECTION.IT IS BETTER FOR HIM TO TAKE REST IN ITALY FOR A SHORT PERIOD DIA IS FASTLY DEVELOPING AMONG THE WORLD.THERE IS NO BEEF FOR ID AS FAR AS ISLAMIC RELIGION IS CONCERNED.IGNORANT PEOPLE ATTEND IDGAH WITH BLACK PEACE OF CLOATHS.ISLAM NOT ALLOWED TO ANY HARTHAL OR BLACK PEACE OF CLOTH IN ANY DEAD CEREMONY.THE COMMUNISTS WANTED TO RUIN OUR COUNTRY BY BEEF FESTIVAL.
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