Modi urges states to curb violence by cow protection groups

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

"He also sought the support of all Opposition parties in tackling 7communal violence" in the name of cow protection, and urged that no political colour be given to the issue.

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 government on Sunday called an all-party meeting ahead of the Monsoon Session 2017 which is all set to begin on Monday. There is a widespread feeling that cow is like a mother but this should not let people take law in their own hands.

Law is above all and this is a core foundational moral law of this country.

He claimed that the platform of cow protection was being abused by some anti-socials who want to spread anarchy across India. He said such incidents sullied country's image.

Kumar continued, "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)".

Communal violence over cow protection must be curbed sternly: Modi

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. These parties have also planned to raise the issue during the Parliament session. 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.

A special court has junked the plea of a sacked Defence Ministry official for a CBI probe against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged inaction on charges of corruption in the Ministry.

"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. However, Kumar told reporters that it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate. Both parties said their MPs were preoccupied with work. Kovind has a big numerical advantage over his rival.

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

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

The Prime Minister came when the meeting was on and addressed the assembled leaders for five-seven minutes, said a participant.

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