Stoking fire to the incident of lynching of a 50-year-old in Dadri area in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sakshi Maharaj thundered, “We are ready to kill to protect cows from slaughter.” These comments came on a day when Samajwadi Party’s controversial minister Azam Khan is likely to visit the village.
“We will not be silent if anybody tries to kill our mother. The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government’s double standards have been exposed. The way in which the incident is being politicised is condemnable,” said Maharaj.
Hitting out at Azam Khan, Maharaj said, “Azam Khan is a Pakistani. He has faith in Pakistan’s politics and calls Bharat Mata a witch.”
It may be noted, that Akhlaq was beaten to death, on September 28 after a public announcement from the local temple that a calf had been slaughtered and his family had eaten beef.
Attacking chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for giving Rs 45 lakh as compensation to Akhlaq’s family, Maharaj said, “I do not have any issue with the compensation. When two girls are raped and murdered in Unnao, he gave no compensation to the family.”
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said, “We must rise above such petty incidents for they tend to give the country a bad name.”
Meanwhile, the UP government has submitted its report to the ministry of home affairs on the incident. The report failed to mention lynching and instead stated that the deceased was killed for consuming an animal’s meat whose slaughter was banned.
Azam Khan, replying to Sakshi Maharaj, said, the incident took place apparently on the directions of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Demanding the government to formulate a law on cow slaughter, another BJP MP Yogi Adityanath said, “Khan’s statement of taking Dadri matter to the UN is condemnable. He should immediately be suspended. The incident is the result of the government’s negligence.”