The Congress party demanded that Centre “act” against the cow vigilante groups and other outfits behind the attacks on Dalits. Finally breaking his silence on the issue, Prime Minister Modi on Sunday slammed, for the second time in two days, the cow vigilante groups who have been behind attacking Dalits in the name of cow protection.
The recent incident in Una in Gujarat, where four Dalit youth were publically flogged by the cow vigilante group, has shaped into a big political storm for the BJP in Gujarat. Enraged by the incident, several Dalit groups are holding protests across the state.
On Monday, the principal opposition party created uproar in the Lok Sabha, asking that the BJP should “not shed crocodile tears” but “act”. Congress members also demanded that the Prime Minister should speak on the issue in the House rather than “tweet”.
“He should not shed crocodile tears. He should not tweet, but act…,” Congress MPs chanted staging protest in Lok Sabha.
Soon after the Zero Hour, Congress members stormed the Well of the House when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not immediately allow party leader Mallikarjun Karge to raise the issue. The Speaker, however, said she would allow Kharge to speak but only after she finishes with the Zero Hour list.
Though Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar tried intervening to bring order in the house, Congress members were unrelenting and demanded that the Prime Minister come to the House and speak on the issue.
They later staged a walkout from Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of creating differences in society in the name of cow protection and deviating from the discussion on development.
“BJP’s attitude on the issue of cow is well known. Cows are owned by farmers in villages. You can find cows with us (Yadavs)…but tell me which person in BJP in a city owns a cow,” he said after a cabinet meeting on Monday.
Lashing out at the vigilante groups, PM Modi on Sunday had said, “I would like to tell all countrymen that they beware of these fake cow protectors. These handful people must not be allowed to destroy your good work for their vested interest.”
(With inputs from the PTI)