Rajnath Singh Pitches Against Cow Smuggling and Slaughter
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seems to be cashing in on the attention garnered by recent controversies surrounding beef.
Addressing a rally in Rohtas, Singh slammed erstwhile governments at the Centre and states which failed to prevent cow slaughter. He also highlighted the achievements of the current BJP government in checking cattle smuggling across the border to Bangladesh.
He said, “Before we came to power, every year 13 lakh cows were smuggled into Bangladesh, now it’s come down to 2 lakh.”
Rajnath Singh’s emphasis on the issue of protecting cows from slaughter and to check cattle smuggling comes on the heels of a string of controversies involving beef bans and beef-based violence.
Mohammed Akhlaq’s death in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh on the assumption that he had consumed beef, and the recent attack on activist Rahul Easwar in Kerala for not participating in a beef party have placed the issue of cow slaughter in the limelight.
For sixty years, successive governments at the Centre failed to prevent the slaughter of cows. For a long time, since our Independence, Congress has ruled at the centre. Lalu ji and Nitish ji have ruled in Bihar. But they all have failed to prevent the slaughter of cows.
— Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister
The senior BJP leader promised that soon he will create a scenario in India wherein not a single cow would be exported or slaughter.
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