Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary Doraisamy Raja on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minster Narendra Modi for his 'Cow Phobia' and 'Om Phobia' statement which he made during an address in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura indirectly targetting the opposition for getting a shock at hearing words like 'Cow' and 'Om' and called it 'unfortunate'.
CPI leader Raja in response said that the government's ideology is 'fascist' and 'sectarian'. He further added that the Prime Minister should focus on issues such as unemployment, economic slowdown, and falling rupee instead.
PM Modi is the same rally also remarked that the rural economy cannot be imagined without livestock and the prime focus of the government is the welfare of animals since it took office.
Launching a scathing attack, the CPI politician further said that Narendra Modi-led BJP government at Centre should focus on the real issues of people and refrain from abusing when they question the government's policies. He should convince rather than hurl abuses at the opposition parties and the people who demand answers.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi also blamed the BJP government for diverting attention from the priorities and focusing on 'cow phobia' comments.
"I think BJP and RSS combined suffers from a certain phobia, by encouraging mob-lyunhing in the name of 'Cow' and 'Om'. However, PM Modi should focus on economy, unemployment, and the falling value of Indian rupee instead.
The Prime Minister doesn't have any argument when people question the government's policies, instead he turns abusive. The PM should argue with people who question government's policies, criticise style of functioning. Instead of using the method of convincing, the PM starts to abuse. This only shows the ideology in which BJP and RSS believe in - a divisive, sectarian, fascist governing," D Raja responded.
PM Modi inaugurated several developmental programmes and schemes in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday on his one-day visit to the State. He launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock along with National Artificial Insemination Programme. The PMO official Twitter handle early on the day stated that PM Modi is also expected to inaugurate 400 Ekalvya Model Residential Schools to provide quality upper primary, secondary, and senior secondary level education to ST Students in Tribal dominated areas.
In another tweet, the PMO mentioned the plan to launch the Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana on September 12 at Ranchi, Jharkhand. The particular scheme shall secure the lives of 5 crore small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of Rs 3,000 per month. The scheme will be beneficial to those who attain 60 years of age.