Uttarakhand Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat on Thursday called those who slaughter cows as country’s biggest enemies and adding that they had “no right to live in the country”.
“Anyone who kills cows, no matter which community he belongs to, is India’s biggest enemy and has no right to live in the country,” Rawat said addressing a function on the occasion of Gopashtami in the holy city of Haridwar.
“The law will deal sternly with those who kill cows in Uttarakhand and the state government will do everything for cow conservation,” the chief minister was quoted by PTI.
Rawat said his government has already passed a proposal against cow slaughter. He also claimed that Uttarakhand is the only state, which gives not only land for cowsheds but also helps in arranging for their fodder.
The Congress has led the opposition’s protest against the controversial statements made by the leaders of the BJP and its affiliate organisations on cow slaughter.
His comments have prompted sharp reactions from social media users and the chief minister was trending on top on twitter. Supporters of right wing organisations used this opportunity to mock those who had expressed their outrage when BJP leaders made similar statements.
Here’s what twitter users are talking about Rawat’s controversial comments;
Why is Harish Rawat suddenly into gai pe charcha, any idea? #Cowboys
— NewIndia (@NewwIndiaa) November 20, 2015
— Pakhi Shukla (@pakhishukla21) November 20, 2015
— Harshit Kaul (@WandererSS6) November 19, 2015
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— Uma Kant Singh (@umakantsingh_IN) November 20, 2015