PM Modi urges states to take strict action against cow vigilantes indulging in violence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said strict action should be taken against the people who are involved in violence in the name of cow protection. According to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Prime Minister also said that state governments should take action against such people. The Prime Minister said, there are laws to protect the cows but taking law into hands is not acceptable. Mr Modi said, there is an attempt to give political and communal colour to such issues which will not benefit the country. Mr Modi also urged the political parties to come together to fight against corruption. He thanked them for their cooperation while implementing the Goods and Service Tax across the country. Mr. Modi urged the political parties to help government in ensuring that Monsoon session of Parliament become productive.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister briefed the media after an all-party meeting convened by the Government ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning today. The meeting was called to seek opposition’s support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament.

Union Ministers Ananth Kumar, Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley were among those who attended the meeting from the government side.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI national secretary D Raja and Mulayam Singh Yadav of SP and other leaders of opposition parties were also part of it. The Trinamool Congress did not attend the meeting.

Earlier, talking to media, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party has demanded the discussion on Kashmir issue and continued standoff with China over Doklam matter in Parliament. Mr Azad alleged that government’s failure in Jammu and Kashmir is not opening any room for talks leading to political suffocation.

Sitaram Yechury of the CPI (M) said government should bring women reservation bill in this session. He said, his party also wants discussion on internal and external issues including cow vigilantism, flood problem and Kashmir issue. Mr Yechury said, two separate bills related to right to privacy for common man and right to sell at MSP for farmers should be brought in Parliament. He said government has listed 16 bills for this session.