After Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first-ever townhall event that he felt “anguished” over incidents of vigilantism and asked state governments to prepare a dossier of such “self-styled gau rakshaks”, the opposition parties started criticising his statement by saying Modi is not talking about what action is being contemplated by the government.
Hours after PM Modi’s comments, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury took to Facebook hours and lamented that ‘PM was remaining silent on the issue of commitment to uphold the rule of law’.
“He has said he is “angry” at Gau-Rakshaks (Cow Vigilantes) but not said what action is being contemplated by the government at the Centre or BJP govts in states,” Yechury said in the post. He also added that the PM made no such comment which would indicate restraint on BJP leaders who continue to make vitriolic statements against certain communities when it comes to gau raksha.
On the other hand, Congress leader Sheila Dikshit and spokesperson Randeep S Surejwala lashed out at PM Modi and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Dikshit said that the BJP members worship cows but do not protect them, however, supported the idea of gau raksha and said that it was ‘our’ prime responsibility.
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On Saturday afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with citizens at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi, during a town hall-style event. The event marks the two-year anniversary of MyGov, the government’s citizen-engagement platform.
The event has participation from various stakeholders including Cabinet ministers, senior officers from Ministries and Departments, government organisations, representatives from media, IT and social media industry and citizens who have participated in the MyGov initiatives.