MG Vaidya, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue and former spokesperson on 12 August backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on gau rakshaks. He said it is difficult to say that there is no wrongdoing in the name of cow protection as their actions in Gujarat's Una are unacceptable to any cow protector.
"It is difficult to say there is no wrongdoing in the name of cow protection. What they have done in Una, Gujarat, no cow protector will accept that, because they assaulted Dalits by taking the law in their hands, this is wrong. Taking the law into your hands and punishing anybody by becoming the police is wrong." Vaidya told ANI.
"Everybody has the right to put forward his views, but some people may get angry. The Prime Minister has said 80% of gau rakshaks are bogus. There could be difference over percentage, but it's not that all gau rakshaks are doing good work in the name of cow protection," he added.
Even though Vaidya backed PM Modi, he didn't deny that there was anger against him.
When asked whether sants and mahants, including the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) will hold a meeting on 22 August to chalk out a strategy against Prime Minister Modi, Vaidya said, "They thought it was an attack on cow protection and that is why they are meeting. We can offer a comment only after we know what they have decided in the meeting."
Elaborating on his statement, he said, "We have heard two statements by very responsible people. Some people said only a handful of cow protectors are bogus, while the PM said it was 80%, so there could be a difference of opinion. What do sants and mahants think, we should also look into that."
"But one thing is clear," added the RSS ideologue, "in places where cow slaughter is banned, you can lodge a complaint with the police if you find something wrong. If the government fails to take action, you can launch a campaign against it. But, that should be peaceful. Taking the law into your hands and punishing anybody by becoming the police is wrong."
-With ANI inputs