PM asks states to take strict action against Cow vigilantes

Virginia Carter
July 17, 2017

He "urged all parties to extend their support to the government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection", another statement from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said. He said that there were laws to protect the cows but taking law into hands was not acceptable.

In the entire complaint, "the nature of allegations made are only that Prime Minister has failed to take action", which do not attract the provisions of Section 14 (habitual committing of offence) of the Prevention of Corruption Act "in any manner", the court said. "Everyone should come together and put an end to it (cow vigilantism)", the Prime Minister told all parties.

In a series of posts on his twitter account, Modi said, "Besides ensuring integrity in public life, action against corrupt politicians was a must".

Notwithstanding the PM's statement, the cow vigilantism and related lynching is likely to be key issue for the Opposition, which is also set to raise other issues like killing of farmers in police firing in Madhya Pradesh and the Kashmir unrest.

Attacks on people accused of beef eating or slaughtering cows have raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minorities and Dalits. However, Kumar told reporters that it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

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PM Modi urged all state governments to maintain law and order in face of the rising incidences of intolerance. "This is affecting the image of the nation", he said. Kovind has a big numerical advantage over his rival.

Another Congress leader P.L. Punia said that the Prime Minister should send a strict advisory to the BJP ruled states in this regard so that such incidents do not occur.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called a meeting of leaders of political parties in the House this evening at Parliament House. He quoted Modi as terming the reform an example of "co-operative federalism". To preserve institutions of democracy, Modi said, it was important that all political parties support the government in conducting the business in Parliament without disruption so constructive discussion can take place on issues of national importance.

All political parties except the Trinamool Congress attended the all-party meeting, which was called on the eve of the Monsoon Session, which begins on Monday and ahead of the Presidential Election 2017 on July 17. 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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