Indian premier calls for action against cow vigilantism

Indian premier calls for action against cow vigilantism

Indian premier calls for action against cow vigilantism

Rebuking the incidents of cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned gau rakshaks of strict action, urging state governments to keep the "anti-social elements" under check.

"All political parties should condemn strongly this goondaism in the name of cow protection".

Modi said cow has been regarded as mother and people's emotions are also attached with it. there is law for cow protection, but breaking it not an alternative, he said. Mr. Modi urged the political parties to help government in ensuring that Monsoon session of Parliament become productive. "Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope", Modi said before casting his vote.

People involved in corruption should not be saved, he said at the meeting, adding that the image of a political leader has taken a beating because of this. "As such, very tough action should be taken against those resorting to violence in the name of cow protection", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananthkumar quoted PM Modi to reporters.

India's opposition parties are likely to raise the issue of repeated attacks on Muslims by so-called cow vigilantes. It is widely believed that the Prime Minister has come on the forefront after sensing the mood of the Opposition parties.

A structured meeting within the Congress on the party's strategy in the coming session is slated on Monday, when the session is unlikely to transact much business due to the Presidential election.

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

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government had convened for an all-party meeting to seek the Opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses.

Earlier, talking to media, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party has demanded the discussion on Kashmir issue and continued standoff with China over Doklam matter in Parliament. However, no one from the JD (U) or the Trinamool Congress was present.

The Prime Minister came when the meeting was on and addressed the assembled leaders for five-seven minutes, said a participant. TMC had announced to boycott the meeting, amid recriminations between it and the BJP over recent violence in West Bengal.

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