Modi asks state govts to come down hard on cow vigilantes

Rebecca Barbier
Julho 17, 2017

At an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the recent acts of violence perpetrated by cow vigilantes. PM Modi asked for the support of political parties to help stop this growing menace of cow vigilantism, which has taken many lives till now and injured several people. There is a widespread feeling that cow is like a mother but this should not let people take law in their own hands.

Union Minister Ananth Kumar, after the all-party meet, also iterated PM Modi's statements and said those committing violence will face severe prosecution.

He added that State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law. It is also the first day of the over three-week monsoon session of Parliament.

He also said: "All political parties should come together in condemning such acts in one voice".

"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. Issues related to the increase in the cases related to cow vigilantism were discussed in the meeting.

Modi asked all states in the country to take stringent action against those indulging in violent cow vigilantism, adding that such incidents should not be given a "communal color".

Modi asks state govts to come down hard on cow vigilantes

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

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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.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called a meeting of leaders of political parties in the House this evening at Parliament House.

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. Among those opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) and D Raja (CPI). TMC has already announced it would boycott this meeting amidst recriminations between it and the BJP over the recent violence in West Bengal.

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