Strict Action Will Be Taken Against Cow Vigilante Groups, Says PM Modi

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on states to do more to prevent attacks on people accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows, an animal sacred to majority Hindus.

"The cow is treated as a mother and it is an emotive issue. However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative".

Opposition parties have attacked the BJP over the cases of cow vigilantism, in which Muslims and Dalits have often been targeted.

April 21: Cow vigilantes assaulted a group of five, including a nine-year-old, in Reasi region in Jammu and Kashmir.

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.

"For several decades, integrity of all politicians has been questioned because of actions of a few leaders in our midst".

"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. "It is the responsibility of all political parties to take action against such tainted leaders".

Communal violence over cow protection must be curbed sternly: Modi
Strict action against those violating law in name of cow protection: PM Modi at all-party meet

Modi's remarks came against the backdrop of Trinamool Congress and RJD dubbing the action against their leaders by law enforcement agencies over alleged corruption as political conspiracy. However, the meeting was skipped by JD (U) and TMC. The Janata Dal (United) also skipped the meeting.

Kumar was addressing the media after attending an all-party meeting where PM Modi and senior BJP leaders were present.

Opposition leaders expressed concern over the Sino-Indian stand-off, expressing the hope that the matter would be resolved soon.

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

"Farm distress" and the "economic burdens" on the people were also taken up. While a joint meeting of Opposition leaders is slated on Tuesday for putting in place their strategy for the session, other issues like the flood situation particularly in Assam and other North-Eastern States, violence over Gorkhaland, fallout of demonetisation, job losses and disinvestment of PSUs are also likely to be raised.

According to the reports, PM Modi said that some of the political parties were painting cow protection with communal colour and taking political advantages that are not beneficial for the country.

The contest is between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind and candidate of several major opposition parties Meira Kumar, who was former Lok Sabha Speaker.

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