Crack down on cow vigilantes, PM tells States

"Those engaged in disturbing the harmony in the country are trying to take advantage of the situation", Modi said at an all-party meeting ahead of Parliament's monsoon session that begins on Monday.

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. PM Modi said that certain religious beliefs regard the cow as a mother, but still people should not take law in their hands. "But it should also be understood that there are laws for cow protection, and breaking the law for it [cow protection] is not an option [or alternative]".

"Some anti-social elements have made cow protection a medium for spreading anarchy".

According to him, "These affect the image of the country".

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)".

India's opposition parties are likely to raise the issue of repeated attacks on Muslims by so-called cow vigilantes.

His statements came just a day before the Monsoon session of Parliament is slated to start. Opposition leaders took up the issue of recent attacks on minorities and Dalits. He had also said that killing humans in the name of cow protection is not "gau raksha". The Prime Minister also urged all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption.

Apparently hinting at the Trinamool Congress and the RJD on the issue of corruption, the Prime Minister said the political class should join hands against those who seek an escape route by dubbing action against them in graft cases as a political conspiracy. "We must convince people that not all politicians are corrupt", he said.

Modi also mentioned the presidential poll to be held tomorrow and said it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

Later, Mr. Ananth Kumar told the media that on the issue of Kashmir and China, all parties said they were with the government.

Mr. Modi also called upon all parties to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, which falls on August 9. He also thanked everyone for the implementation of the GST, calling it a "shining example of co-operative federalism".

The meeting was called to seek opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament.

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