02/11/2015 11:46 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Farmers Sell Cows To Slaughterhouses So Why Blame Muslims: KN Govindacharya

A woman worships a cow as Indian Hindus offer prayers to the River Ganges, holy to them during the Ganga Dussehra festival in Allahabad, India, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Allahabad on the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna is one of Hinduism’s holiest centers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI -- Indefinitely postponing his agitation against cow slaughter, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, K.N. Govindacharya, said that Muslims are being unfairly blamed for an issue which had become overly politicised.

Speaking to The Hindu, Govindacharya said that he was “disturbed by the politicisation of the issue and didn’t want to launch the agitation in such a political atmosphere.”

Govindcharya, who has served as the General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party, told the newspaper that his group Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan had postponed their agitation against cow slaughter slated for November 7.

“Cow protection is not a religious issue, and unfortunately it is being made one. Gai buchadkhaane tabhi pahunchti hai jab kisan usey bechta hai (cows end up at a slaughterhouse only when the farmer lets go of it),” the RSS ideologue said.

“For 80 per cent of this process, why are we blaming the Muslims who are at the end of a long line of people trading cows?," he said.

Earlier this year, Govindacharya was one of the first leaders linked to the BJP-RSS camp, who publicly criticised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia over the Lalit Modi scandal.

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