Addressing media after chairing a his cabinet's meeting, Yadav said there should be a healthy debate on how to protect and serve the cows rather than thanking it as a political tool.

"We are the people who believe in serving and taking care of the cows and we expect the Union government to lend a helping hand as we do so," he said. He also urged the Prime Minister not to misguide the people of the country on the issue, and rather engage in some constructive work.

Breaking his silence on cow vigilantism, PM Modi had in New Delhi on Saturday said he felt "very angry" at such incidents and has asked state governments to prepare a dossier of people who are "running shops" in the name of cow protection.

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