Nitish Kumar calls for ‘Sangh-mukt Bharat’, tells RSS to open ‘shakhas’ for cows

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kanpur
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 23:40 IST
File photo of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Kumar launched an attack on RSS and the BJP in a rally in Uttar Pradesh on August 6, 2016. (PTI Photo)

Attacking the BJP and its ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) over the recent incidents of cow vigilantism, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday called for a “Sangh-mukt Bharat”.

“On my way to Kanpur, I saw many stray cows. Instead of beating up people, volunteers should take care of cows. RSS should open ‘shakhas’ for cows and ‘neelgai’ (blue bull),” he said addressing a rally in the Kurmi-dominated Moosa Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Kumar also said that BJP leaders should stop wearing leather footwear as it was made by Dalits.

He asked the people to trust his party as it alone can ensure a ‘Sangh-mukt Bharat’. “You have seen that the SP and the BSP cannot do this, otherwise the BJP wouldn’t have won 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh in Lok Sabha election,” he said.

“We have done it in Bihar and we have the ability to replicate our success in UP and other states,” he said.

The Bihar CM also took on the Prime Minister on the issue of development, saying “Maa Ganga’ was looking for Modi in Varanasi.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Uttar Pradesh saying he had come on the call of ‘Maa Ganga’. I was in Varanasi recently and I didn’t find any change in the historical city. People openly told me ‘Maa Ganga ab Modiji ko dhoondh rahi hain’ (Mother Ganga is now looking for Modi),” he said. “Where is Modiji? Banaras is looking for him,” he added.

Senior Janata Dal (U) leaders Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi were also present at the rally.

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