PM Modi urges states to take strict action against cow vigilantes groups

Ruben Ruiz
July 17, 2017

Following a fresh spate of attacks and mob lynchings led by cow vigilantes in the name of cow protection, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday once again said that violence in the name of cow protection can not be tolerated.

Quoting PM Modi, Kumar said,"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it". He said that there were laws to protect the cows but taking law into hands was not acceptable.

Kumar continued, "Pradhan mantri ne asamajik tatvo ke khilaf kathor karyavahi ke liye rajya sarkar se maang ki hai (prime minister has asked state government to take strict action against these anti-social elements)".

Economic issues, especially alleged lack of jobs, are also likely to be taken up by the Opposition parties to corner the Government. He also called upon all political parties to ensure that everyone votes and no vote is wasted. Talking to ANI, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes said it is a "sad spectacle" that there is no peace in the country today.

Kumar said that Prime minister Modi said that the government has started a campaign against corruption and urged all political parties to join it. Issues related to the increase in the cases related to cow vigilantism were discussed in the meeting. "Everyone should come together and put an end to it (cow vigilantism)", the Prime Minister told all parties.

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The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits.

Kumar said that Parliament will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India and added that the prime minister has sought healthy discussion over the historical significance of the event. However, Kumar told reporters that it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

The Prime Minister came when the meeting was on and addressed the assembled leaders for five-seven minutes, said a participant.

Modi also asked the opposition to support the government in conducting business in both the Houses "without disruption". However, no one from the JD (U) or the Trinamool Congress were present.

Besides all party meetings convened by the Government and Lok Sabha Speaker, Leaders of ruling NDA will meet this evening to chalk out their strategy in Parliament. Among Opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), Farooq Abdullah (NC) and D Raja (CPI). TMC had announced to boycott the meeting, amid recriminations between it and the BJP over recent violence in West Bengal.

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