PM Upset Over BJP Leaders’ Beef Remarks, Amit Shah Summons Them: Sources

New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah today summoned some party leaders who recently made incendiary statements in the aftermath of the mob killing of a man over beef rumours in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, and conveyed the party leadership’s anger to them, sources have told NDTV.

Mr Shah reportedly warned them against making such comments and conveyed that PM Narendra Modi was “angry” over their remarks, sources added.

Among the leaders summoned today was Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was recently quoted by a newspaper as saying that Muslims in the country must give up beef. Others included Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, who described the lynching as an “accident”, and party lawmaker Sangeet Som, who claimed that “cow killers” in Dadri were rescued by the Akhilesh Yadav government. Controversial party leader Sakshi Maharaj, who has demanded death penalty for cow slaughter, was also summoned.

Earlier this month, while campaigning in Bihar, PM Modi did not mention Dadri as he urged Hindus and Muslims to fight poverty, not each other. “For politics and petty gains, people are making irresponsible statements. Don’t take them seriously. Even if Narendra Modi himself says something like that, don’t listen to him,” he had said.

Just yesterday, key BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal had demanded that the party leadership must take strict action against those have made “irresponsible statements” on Dadri.

“It’s high time now that the BJP leadership takes action against at least one such person so that there is some kind of sanity back in national affairs,” Naresh Gujral, Akali Dal leader, told NDTV.

On September 28 in Dadri, located on the outskirts of Delhi, a 52-year-old man was dragged out of his home by a mob and beaten to death allegedly over suspicion that he had eaten beef. This happened after announcements were made at a local temple about a calf being killed.

Many of the men suspected to be in the mob are linked to a local BJP leader.

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