August 8, 2016 3:13:33 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against self-styled cow vigilantes have not gone down well with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which warned the BJP that the party will pay for it in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
In an unsigned statement, VHP’s Gujarat unit called Modi’s “anti-socials by night and gau rakshaks by day” remark shocking and an insult to “cow protectors”.
“Thousands of butchers killing one lakh cows every year are not termed ‘goondas’ and gau rakshaks like Gita Rambhiya (who was killed in Ahmedabad years ago) are termed ‘goondas’… This shows your change of heart,” stated VHP, which also demanded a nationwide law to ban cow slaughter.
In Agra, the Hindu outfit’s Braj region’s vice-president Sunil Parashar said Modi’s remarks have “hurt” gau rakshaks and that “he will have to pay for it in the next Lok Sabha polls”.
Claiming that the VHP was the only organisation that worked for cow protection, Parashar said the government must conduct a survey to identify who have beef running shops in the name of gau raksha. He also told the PM to stop being friendly with Pakistan as this would “cost him the Centre’s chair”.
Meanwhile, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s Aligarh wing staged a protest against the PM. Pooja Shakun Pandey, Hindu Mahasabha chief in Aligarh, said: “Modi should tell people who run shops in the name of cow protection? He had lured people in the name of cow protection to get votes.”
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