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

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

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

He said that states should take strict action against anyone who breaks the law.

Modi, it may be noted, has been mostly silent when it comes to speaking out against cow vigilantes, possibly because majority are right-wing Hindus - a sizeable voter bank for the BJP.

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

The last time the prime minister had spoken up against cow vigilantes - following constant prodding by political rivals - was in his home state of Gujarat.

Cow vigilantes and cow politics are expected to be some of the biggest issues the Opposition will look to rake up to corner Modi and his BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

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.

"Maintaining law and order is the responsibility of state governments and wherever these incidents are taking place, the state governments must deal firmly with it".

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Strict action against those violating law in name of cow protection: PM Modi at all-party meet

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

"When law takes its course against those who loot the nation, we have to unite against those who seek an escape route by dubbing such an action as a political conspiracy", the Prime Minister tweeted.

Opposition leaders who attended the meeting with the PM were Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP's Sharad Pawar, CPM's Sitaram Yechury, SP's Mulayam Singh Yadav and CPI's D Raja. PM Modi also asked political parties to not give political color to incidents of violence related to protection of cows. However, Kumar told reporters that it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

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

Without mentioning India's military standoff with China, the Prime Minister asserted that all political parties stood united to ensure the "nation's safety and security after such concerns were raised by many leaders on recent developments". During the meeting various issues were discussed by the leaders. Trinamool Congress had boycotted the meeting.

On GST roll-out, Kumar said that the prime minister called the reform an example of "co-operative federalism".

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