PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it", Kumar quoted Modi as saying in the all party meeting.

The PM also underlined the belief of many Hindus that cow is like mother, but said that this should not let people take law in their hands, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said. Adding further, Kumar said, "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)".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the first to cast their votes in Parliament shortly after polling to elect India's 14th President began on Monday morning.

This is the second time that the Prime Minister has taken a tough stand on cow vigilantism. PM Modi also asked political parties to not give political color to incidents of violence related to protection of cows.

Mr. Modi had last spoken against cow vigilantism on June 30 at the Sabarmati Ashram, calling violence in the name of "gau bhakti" antithetical to Mahatma Gandhi's views. After Modi came to power in 2014, many states in the country enacted harsher laws against cow slaughter. Talking to ANI, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes said it is a "sad spectacle" that there is no peace in the country today.

Communal violence over cow protection must be curbed sternly: Modi

Apparently hinting at the Trinamool Congress and the RJD on the issue of corruption, the Prime Minister said the political class should join hands against those who seek an escape route by dubbing action against them in graft cases as a political conspiracy.

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. Kovind has a big numerical advantage over his rival.

On the issue of Kashmir and tensions with China, Kumar said the government had a meeting with opposition leaders and every party has said they were with the government on matters of national security. "The prime minister also sought the co-operation of all parties for the successful implementation of GST", Kumar said. During the meeting various issues were discussed by the leaders.

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. 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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