Ahmedabad, June 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the Sabarmati Ashram centenary celebrations in Ahmedabad. While addressing the people, he spoke about the rampant cow vigilantism in the country and said that killing humans in the name of cow protection is not ‘gau raksha’. Taking his address further, he said that no one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave but, killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. “This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” he said.

Reacting strongly on the recent incidents of lynching in the name of cow vigilantism, he said, “India is a land of non-violence. A land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that.”

Concluding his address, the Prime Minister said that violence never has and never will solve any problem. “Let’s all work together.Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of,” he added further.

Pitching for Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, he said that cleanliness should be adopted in our nature. “Swachhata has to become a Swabhav. What can be a greater tribute to Mahatma Gandhi than this,” he said while addressing the public at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, reacting to the PM Modi’s take on against increasing cow vigilantism, Congress said that it is a good thing that the Prime Minister has spoken about on the issue but, it will be interesting to see how soon action will be taken.

The cases of lynching in the name of cow vigilantism is on a rise these days. Earlier on Wednesday, a Muslim dairy owner was beaten by a mob after a cow carcass was found outside his house in Giridh district of Jharkhand. The incident came couple of days after cow protectors killed a Muslim youth on board a train in Haryana. The crowd allegedly called him and his two brothers, who were injured, as beef-eaters.

PM Modi is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat and is scheduled to attend programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar. This is PM Modi’s fourth visit this year to his home state. Assembly elections are due in Gujarat by the end of the year where 14th legislative assembly election will be held in 2017 to elect members of the 182 constituencies in Gujarat.