Beef row upsets Modi Shah pulls up leaders
Beef row upsets Modi; Shah pulls up leaders. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is \"angry\" with party leaders who made incendiary statements in the aftermath of the Dadri killing over beef rumours and party chief Amit Shah pulled up those involved, sources said on Sunday.
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "angry" with party leaders who made incendiary statements in the aftermath of the Dadri killing over beef rumours and party chief Amit Shah pulled up those involved, sources said on Sunday. Shah reportedly warned them against making such comments and conveyed the PM's views to them, they said.
Those summoned included Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma, party lawmaker Sangeet Som and controversial party leaders Sakshi Maharaj and Sanjay Baliyan. The leaders' words had triggered controversy, with 42 authors returning their Sahitya Akademi Awards, blaming the mood of "intolerance" in the country.
The leaders however maintained it was a routine engagement."I came to discuss regional issues and was not asked for any clarification," said Sakshi Maharaj. But when pressed about the agenda, he added, "Every action has a reaction, I had taken action so there was a reaction".
The Prime Minister, who was criticised by the Opposition for his silence on the issue, had spoken out at a rally in Bihar on October 8, a day after President Pranab Mukherjee called for amity.