PM Narendra Modi  |  Photo Credit: Twitter
- We revere cows as mothers, PM Modi said
- Some people made talking about them a crime, he said
New Delhi: Hours after Narendra Modi said that the cow is a mother and sacred to many people, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) challenged the Prime Minister to say the same thing in Kerala, Goa, Sikkim, Manipur or states ruled by the BJP.
“If you have the courage, why don’t you say this in Kerala, Goa, Sikkim, and Manipur etc. or where BJP is in power. In Goa, beef is in your manifesto,” RJD said.
People who keep dogs should not explain its importance to people who raise cows, it added.
Earlier today, PM Modi took a dig at Opposition parties saying talking about cows has been made a matter of “sin” by some people but “it is a mother and sacred for us”.
The PM was addressing a rally here after inaugurating and laying foundation stones of 27 projects, including a dairy project in Varanasi, just months ahead of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
He said those making jokes on cows and buffaloes forget that the livelihood of eight crore families depends on “pashudhan” (livestock).
“Talking about the cow, talking about ‘gobardhan’ (cow dung) has been made a matter of ‘gunah’ (sin) by some people. Cow can be a sin for some people, for us it is mother, sacred (gaaye kuch logo ke liye gunah ho sakti hai, hamare liye gaaye, mata hai, poojniye hai),” PTI quoted the PM as saying.
This year in August, Meghalaya BJP leader Sanbor Shullai encouraged people to eat more beef than chicken, mutton and fish.
“I encourage the people to eat more beef than chicken, mutton or fish. By encouraging people to eat more beef, the perception that BJP will impose a ban on cow slaughter can be dispelled,” Shullai had said.