Congress: Modi trying to save BJP in Gujarat by speaking against ‘gau rakshaks’

New Delhi: The Congress has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on atrocities against Dalits by the cow vigilantes by saying it was a desperate attempt to save the sinking
BJP in Gujarat.

Congress spokesperson Tom Vaddakan said, “The Prime Minister’s political angle is understandable; he has lost a Chief Minister, he probably on the verge of losing that state. But our indignation is much higher.”

Recently the CPI (M) accused Prime Minister Modi of trying to save Dalit votes by speaking against ‘gau rakshaks’.

CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said.”if the Prime Minister’s concern against Dalit violence is real then why no action has been taken against the anti-social elements.”

Karat said. “The Prime Minister’s silence was heard in every single Dalit home across India and he has seen reaction on the streets of Gujarat and therefore one month after the horrendous Una incident he has spoken about it. I say that is fake anger because he wants Dalits votes.”

Prime Minister Modi on Saturday strongly condemned their actions, saying most of them were anti-social elements masquerading as gau rakshaks (cow protectors).

Prime Minister’s comments came after a long interval since the first big incident of cow vigilantism shocked the nation last year when Mohammad Akhlaq of Dadri, Uttar Pradesh was beaten to death by an angry mob over rumours that he had consumed beef.

He said. “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 peaking at a townhall event organised to celebrate two years of the government’s citizen engagement platform.