Lucknow, Jul 25: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that mob lynching incidents are being given unnecessary importance. He also accused the Congress of making mountain out of a molehill.

“These incidents are given unnecessary importance. If you talk about mob lynching, what was 1984? Law & order is a matter of state. Congress’ intention to make mountain out of a molehill won’t be successful,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Assuring protection to everyone, he said, “We’ll provide protection to everyone, but it’s responsibility of every individual, every community & every religion to respect each other sentiments. Humans are important & cows are also important. Both have their own roles in nature. Everyone should be protected.”

Responding to Adityanath’s statement, President All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party Asaduddin Owaisi said, “India should be governed according to Constitution,Rule of Law & NOT Sentiments of Majority /Minority which will lead to Anarchy @CMOfficeUP Fundamental Right to Life Article 21 is for Human Beings ( which includes Muslims also) hope you understand.”

Adityanath’s comment comes in the backdrop of the lynching of Rakbar Khan, alias Akbar of Kol village in Haryana’s Nuh district, by suspected cow vigilantes in Ramgarh’s Lalavandi forests in Alwar district in Rajasthan.

Earlier on Tuesday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the government will enact a law, if necessary, to curb the incidents of lynching. He also said that lynching incidents have been happening for years and mentioned that the biggest lynchings happened in 1984.

The UP CM also took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi during no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. He said, “The entire nation has already rejected Rahul Gandhi’s childish acts. The no-confidence motion has exposed Congress. The statements and acts of opposition during the motion were immature and reveal their actual personality.”