PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes

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Rebuking the incidents of cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned gau rakshaks of strict action, urging state governments to keep the "anti-social elements" under check. "It (cow vigilantism) should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn't benefit from it".

In the meeting answering to the Opposition leaders on the issue, Modi said maintaining law and order was the responsibility of the State Governments, which should take strict action against perpetrators of such incidents.

The meeting began at 11 a.m., with leaders from political parties and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, among others, being present.

PM Modi to states: Act on cow vigilantes

His statements came just a day before the Monsoon session of Parliament is slated to start.

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

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PM Modi went on to say that the the country does not gain from the violence in the name of cow protection and urged everyone to not to take law into their hands.

That could possibly be why the prime minister simply put the onus of controlling cow vigilantes and bringing the guilty to justice to state governments.

The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits. "The prime minister also sought the co-operation of all parties for the successful implementation of GST", Kumar was quoted as saying by a report. 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. During the meeting various issues were discussed by the leaders.

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The all-party meet was held at Parliament House.

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. The TMC had announced it would boycott the meeting amid recriminations between it and the BJP over the recent violence in West Bengal.

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