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'Too little too late': Congress on PM Modi's 'killing people in name of cow worship' comment

Indian PM Narendra Modi speaking at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on Thursday. Photograph: (ANI)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 29, 2017, 08.31 AM (IST)

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Thursday about killing people in the name of cow-worship, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said the prime minister's statement was "too little too late".

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CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said Modi need not remind people of Mahatma Gandhi's ideals but should ensure strict action against those attacking people on the pretext of protecting cows.

"We do not need him to remind us of this. We are aware of Gandhi's principles ... We want to know what the prime minister proposes to do to stop such mobocracy," Yechury said.

In the wake of recent incidents of mob lynching and killings of Muslims in northern India, Modi had said that "killing people in the name of  Gau Bhakti (cow-worship ) is not acceptable". 

Modi was speaking at the centenary celebration of the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. He added that India is "a land of non-violence", the land of "Mahatma Gandhi" and questioned why people are forgetting that. 

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Modi also said that Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave spoke about protecting cows and said: "it should be done". But Gandhi would not have approved of the killings, he added. 

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