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

Carla Harmon
July 17, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned those breaking the law in the name of cow protection and asked the states to take stringent action against them, but cautioned against giving political or communal colour to the issue. "It (cow vigilantism) should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn't benefit from it".

Modi also said: "The cow is considered mother here".

Speaking to the media, Kumar said that the Prime Minister, in the meeting, presented a tough stand against those who kill people in the name of "gau raksha".

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

Modi's remarks came against the backdrop of Trinamool Congress and RJD dubbing the action against their leaders by law enforcement agencies over alleged corruption as political conspiracy. It is also the first day of the over three-week monsoon session of Parliament.

Talking about Monday's voting for electing India's 14th president, Kumar said that Modi urged MPs of all parties to exercise their right to vote.

"We have to unite against those who explore an escape route by dubbing legal action against those who loot the nation as a political conspiracy", he said. So, as such the state government needed to act strictly against those who easily and fearlessly committing violence in the name of the cow.

Opposition parties have slammed the Indian government over cases of cow vigilantism that has hit the Muslim community particularly hard.

Attacks on people accused of beef eating or slaughtering cows have raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minorities 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.

Modi also mentioned the presidential poll to be held tomorrow and said it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

Modi also thanked everyone for the implementation of the GST, calling it a "shining example of co-operative federalism".

The meeting was called to seek opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and SS Ahluwalia also attended the meet. During the meeting various issues were discussed by the leaders. The TMC had announced it would boycott the meeting amid recriminations between it and the BJP over the recent violence in West Bengal.

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