Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Shun corrupt politicians, says Modi

Shun corrupt politicians, says Modi

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. "There is a widespread belief that cow is like mother but this should not let people take law in their own hands", PM Modi said. Adding further, Kumar said, "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)". The all party meeting ahead of Parliament's monsoon session that begins on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told MP's that law and order was a state matter or subject.

This is the second time that the Prime Minister has taken a tough stand on cow vigilantism.

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

Opposition parties have slammed the Indian government over cases of cow vigilantism that has hit the Muslim community particularly hard.

The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits. After Modi came to power in 2014, many states in the country enacted harsher laws against cow slaughter. He said such incidents sullied country's image.

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While the ruling BJP-led NDA has named Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate, the Congress-led group of opposition parties has pitted Meira Kumar against Kovind, who has a big numerical advantage over his rival.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting that Modi also noted that the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement falls on August 9 and all parties should celebrate it. He quoted Modi as terming the reform an example of "co-operative federalism".

Union Minister Ananth Kumar, after the all-party meet, also iterated PM Modi's statements and said those committing violence will face severe prosecution.

The meeting was called to seek opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament. Among those opposition leaders who attended the meeting were Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) and D Raja (CPI). However, no one from the JD (U) or the Trinamool Congress was present. TMC had announced to boycott the meeting, amid recriminations between it and the BJP over recent violence in West Bengal.

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