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Report cow cases to cops, don’t take law in your hands: BJP leader to Noida workers

Sunil Bansal, national organising secretary, was of the view that cow vigilantism will not help in protection and conservation of cows

noida Updated: May 10, 2017 10:44 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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At a workshop for BJP workers held in a city school, the party’s national organising secretary advised workers to exercise restraint.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The national organising secretary of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Sunil Bansal, who was the key strategist behind the party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, visited Noida on Sunday. He took part in a workshop in the city to train party workers for the 2019 general elections. He also instructed them not to take the law into their hands when it comes to cow protection.

“I have told workers that we need to control our zeal. We should not be so joyous that we forget our responsibilities and cross boundaries. The Bisada event also took place because some persons in society did not exercise discipline. Therefore, we need to keep our duties in mind,” said Bansal.

BJP leaders at the workshop advised workers to file cases in police stations if they come across anyone illegally transporting cows or involved in cow slaughter.

“The priority for the UP government at the moment is to end the corruption that has been troubling people for many years. Apart from this, the government also wants to bring policies that benefit the general public, particularly poor people,” he said.

Bansal was of the view that cow vigilantism will not help in protection and conservation of cows and the government will have to use other ways for this purpose.

“We will have to bring policies that ensure that farmers are involved in cow conservation. Farmers don’t keep cows because they don’t produce as much milk as buffaloes. Therefore, we will have to encourage farmers to make products out of cow dung and urine,” he said.

“As of now, the UP government’s focus is to work on public welfare and end corruption in all offices. We do have this (cow protection) in our minds and are coming up with schemes to encourage farmers to conserve indigenous cow species, but it will happen later as it is not the immediate priority.”

In the three-hour workshop held in Noida’s Ramagya School on Sunday, Bansal was accompanied by Union minister of state for culture and tourism and Gautam Budh Nagar MP Dr Mahesh Sharma, apart from others.

The workshop was organised as part of the yearlong birth centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, from September 23, 2016 to May 25, 2017.

“The objective of the workshop is to connect existing party workers with each other, reach newer areas where the party is weak and also remind our workers that we have a greater responsibility to exercise discipline since our party is in power at both the Centre and the state,” said Bansal.

“We are working well in advance for 2019 general elections as we cannot sit idle just because we have formed the government at the Centre and in UP. Our 20,000 workers will work with dedication in their respective areas from May 10-25 to get new members. In Noida alone, our 300 workers will work for the next 15 days to be ready for 2019,” said Bansal.

Dr Sharma, also present at the event, said, “We condemn the Jewar incident in which a group of people beat two men transporting cows. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath have also condemned incidents in which someone takes the law into their hands. We have categorically asked our workers to lodge cases and let the police act against any illegal activity involving cow slaughter or cow transportation. Our workers are advised not to get involved in any sort of illegal activity as it damages the image of our party.”

First Published: May 07, 2017 23:53 IST