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Communal violence over cow protection must be curbed sternly: Modi

17 July 2017, 01:36 | Myron Mathis

PM Narendra Modi an all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

PM Narendra Modi an all-party meeting ahead of monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

At an all-party meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the recent acts of violence perpetrated by cow vigilantes.

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

Economic issues, especially alleged lack of jobs, are also likely to be taken up by the Opposition parties to corner the Government.

Modi appealed all parties to extend their support to the Government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection.

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. "People involved in disturbing harmony in the country are also taking advantage of it", he said.

He added: "This is affecting the image of the country as well". Law and order are the state subject.

Communal violence over cow protection must be curbed sternly: Modi

The Prime Minister also underlined the belief of many Hindus that cow is like mother, but said that this should not let people take law in their own hands and every state government should act against violation of the law, Kumar said after the meeting. Public sentiments are attached with the cow. "But we have to understand that there are laws governing cow protection and breaking these is not an alternative". "Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope", Modi said before casting his vote.

Modi, it may be noted, has been mostly silent when it comes to speaking out against cow vigilantes, possibly because a lot of them are right-wing Hindus - a sizeable voter bank for the BJP.

This is the second time that the Prime Minister has taken a tough stand on cow vigilantism. Given that the Gujarat Assembly elections are just around the corner, it could have been yet another ploy by him to get people rallying around to the saffron party.

Opposition parties have attacked the BJP over the cases of cow vigilantism, in which Muslims and Dalits have often been targeted.

He said the government was "fully committed to maintain peace in Jammu and Kashmir and to wipe out the anti-national elements from the state" and reiterated that the path laid down by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was being pursued. It is widely believed that the Prime Minister has come on the forefront after sensing the mood of the Opposition parties. The deflection is smart, because now the Opposition parties could look like they do not know about governance when the accuse Modi of doign nothing about attacks by cow vigilantes.

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