New Delhi: Taking up the issue of cow vigilantism on the eve of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday put the onus on controlling hooliganism and cases of lynching on state governments and urged them to take strict action in such matters.
The Prime Minister made these comments at an all-party meeting that was attended by the entire Opposition, with the exception of the Trinamul and the Janata Dal (United). Both parties said their MPs were preoccupied with work.
The Opposition parties, led by the Congress, and including the Left, said they would corner the Modi government over issues like mob lynching, Kashmir, the border standoff with China, GST and agrarian distress during the session that begins on Monday.
Mr Modi’s statement on Sunday was seen as an effort at blunting the Opposition’s attack over cow vigilantism. 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.
In a series of tweets after the all-party meeting, the Prime Minister said all political parties “should collectively denounce hooliganism in the name of cow protection... The state governments should take stringent action against such anti-social elements”....