Bhartiya Janata Party's (BJP) National Executive member and former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Seshadri Chari thinks that the PM Modi's government should bring in a national law against cow slaughter in the country.
Supporting RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's pitch for stepping up cow protection efforts, Chari said, "There is urgent need to have a national law against cow slaughter. Now the government has majority it is the right time to bring in a national law, it is also mentioned in the constitution that government should work towards it".
Chari, however, admitted that India's diversity makes it difficult to implement a uniform law across the country. Minister of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has openly said that northeastern states should not have any law against cow slaughter. BJP's Kerala unit leader has also spoken against such efforts.
Chari thinks that there is an urgent need for consensus on the issue but it can happen only after making a national law.
"We can work on it to bring a consensus over the issue, as in some states it might not be so easy (Northeast, Kerala ) but that doesn't mean 90 per cent Hindu's sentiments can be kept aside," the RSS veteran added.
Seshadri Chari also slammed the alleged lynching of a Muslim man in Alwar by cow vigilantes and said that respective government should take strict actions against such acts. He also distanced the party from such groups, "These are fringe groups, we have nothing to do with them," he said.
According to Chari, a national law against cow slaughter can stop such incidences. "Currently every state has different law regarding cow slaughter and that is why out of confusion such incidences happen , if we have one law in the country against cow slaughter such incidences can be stopped," Chari added in his statement.
Earlier, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat had also rooted for a law banning cow slaughter across the country.
"The states that have dedicated RSS members have made laws in this regard and other state governments should also follow the suit by dealing with local issues regarding this," Bhagwat said on Sunday.
Seshadri Chari is the first BJP member who has openly supported, having a national law against cow slaughter.
He wants that the government should not wait for consensus, rather both the process (of making law and building consensus) should go simultaneously.