PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes

PM Narendra Modi an all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, July 16, came down heavily on cow vigilantes who project themselves as self-styled cow protecters. This is what Narendra Modi pressurized on, said: "No one can take the law in his hands, will be punished severely".

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananthkumar told the reporters by quoting the PM Modi's words at the meeting in Parliament House that "The central government has sent advisories to the state governments. State governments should take strict action against them [cow vigilantes]".

Economic issues, especially alleged lack of jobs, are also likely to be taken up by the Opposition parties to corner the Government.

Arguing that besides probity in public life, action against the corrupt was a must; Modi appealed to the political parties to identify and isolate such leaders.

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. 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)".

Opposition parties have attacked the BJP over the cases of cow vigilantism, in which Muslims and Dalits have often been targeted. "Everyone should come together and put an end to it (cow vigilantism)", the Prime Minister told all parties. During the meeting, Ms Mahajan will seek cooperation from the floor leaders of different parties in the Lok Sabha to ensure smooth transaction of business.

PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes
PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes

The Prime Minister said the session was expected to herald in a new hope for India.

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.

The Prime Minister comment comes in the wake of reports of lynching from across the nation.

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

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.

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