Indian PM Narendra Modi speaking at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on Thursday. Photograph: (ANI)
Modi reacted to a spate of Muslim lynching and killings while speaking at the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat
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".
Too little too late. Words mean nothing when actions out do them pic.twitter.com/TQHagHAc4C— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 29, 2017
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.
Today I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 29, 2017
We are a land of non violence. We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 29, 2017
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.
No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Yes. It should be done: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 29, 2017