Dharamshala: A resolution was passed on Thursday by the Himachal Pradesh Assembly to declare cow as the ‘Rashtra Mata‘. The Assembly is set to push forth the resolution, tabled by Congress MLA Anirudh Singh, to the Centre.

“Cow is not bound to any caste, creed or religion and makes a huge contribution to humanity.” He added, “People abandon cows when they stop giving milk, so there is a need for such a move,” a Times of India report quoted Singh as saying. He also demanded a law to ensure that cases of cow vigilantism and mob lynching do not take place in the state.

This is not the first time that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state has made such a demand. Earlier in September, Uttarakhand became the first state which demanded that cow be considered the mother of the nation.

In the month of June, a Rajasthan High Court judge had demanded that the cow should be considered as the national animal. Days after the suggestion, a Hyderabad high court judge termed cow as a ‘substitute to Mother and God’. The judge also considered the animal to be a ‘sacred national wealth’.

The resolution was passed by the Himachal Pradesh Assembly after numerous cases related to cow vigilantism and lynching surfaced from various parts of the country in recent times.

On October 16, 2015, a man from Uttar Pradesh was lynched by mob in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh for allegedly smuggling cows. His four other accomplices were later arrested by the police with the help of locals.

In May 2017, Union Minister Nitin Gadkar, with reference to cow vigilantism, said that such cases have only brought about a spike in the communal tensions, thereby tarnishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to focus on economic development.

He added that the focus of the government is only on ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (Together with all, Development for all), and none of its policies discriminated against religious minorities.

(With Agency inputs)