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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Has Surrendered to Gaurakshaks, Says Shiv Sena in Saamana Editorial

In an editorial in mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena has questioned the “free run” for cow vigilantes from “Delhi to Nagpur”. The scathing editorial comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke against cow vigilantism at an all-party meeting and put the onus to act on the states.

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Updated:July 19, 2017, 11:32 AM IST
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Mumbai: In a scathing attack, the Shiv Sena has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “surrendering” to gaurakshaks (cow vigilantes) and questioned why no action has been taken in recent cases of lynchings by self-styled cow protectors.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, the Shiv Sena said gaurakshaks are “taking the law into their hands from Delhi to Nagpur but the law implementation machinery has been a mute spectator.” The party questioned if this was a “conspiracy”.

The reference to Nagpur is an apparent jibe at the RSS, the BJP’s ideological fount, which is headquartered in the Maharashtra city.

“It seems like Modi has surrendered before gaurakshaks. It is appalling that the gaurakshaks take law in their hands and beat up a person,” the editorial said.

It also questioned why the cow vigilantes were not targeting those within the BJP who have “proclaimed their love for beef”, a possible reference to the party’s members in Meghalaya who have opposed the restrictions on cattle sale.

“There are many states where beef isn't banned. Beef is a part of food there, and even the members of BJP government in those states have proclaimed their love for beef. Will the gaurakshaks go and beat them?”

The Sena also questioned why these gaurakshaks don’t face “bullets in Kashmir”. “Where are these gaurakshaks when the security conditions in the country are bad? Why they don't face bullets Kashmir? (sic)”

The Shiv Sena and the BJP are in alliance in the state but have shared an uncomfortable relationship. They had parted ways in the civic polls held earlier this year.

The editorial in Saamana comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out against cow vigilantism at an all-party meeting, and put the onus on the states to act.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Sena MP Sanjay Raut said: “Those who are beating people are not gaurakshaks….. It’s basically Pakistan which wants Hindus and Muslims to fight in India. They want to divert attention from the ceasefire violations and terrorism.”

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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