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Crack down on cow 'hooligans', Modi tells States

17 July 2017, 02:03 | Winston Chapman

Crack down on cow 'hooligans', Modi tells States

Crack down on cow 'hooligans', Modi tells States

"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it", Kumar quoted Modi as saying in the all-party meeting.

"Farm distress" and the "economic burdens" on the people were also taken up.

Monsoon session began with new MPs taking oath and was adjourned by 11:30 after paying tribute to former MPs and victims of terror attacks.

The government had called the meeting of Opposition parties where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and top officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval briefed them on the standoff with China and the situation in Kashmir.

After the CBI raids on RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and his son Tejaswi Yadav, several political parties including the Congress have said the action was meant to break the opposition unity against the Modi government. "However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative". Prime Minister said, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of quit India Movement on 9th August Parliament should discuss over it.

Speaking to the media, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad held the Centre squarely responsible for the "suffocation" of the peace process in Kashmir.

Modi had spoken against cow vigilantes earlier as well.

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Kumar was addressing mediapersons after attending an all-party meeting on Sunday, where PM Modi and senior BJP leaders were present.

"We have raised our areas of concern and have also raised few issues on behalf of the entire Opposition".

The TMC and RJD are likely to raise the issue of vendetta politics and targetting of the Opposition leaders through the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies. The Congress said it stands with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

"All opposition parties must unite together".

The government meanwhile has a series of legislations to be passed in Parliament.

A total of 18 Bills have been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, a research body, PRS Legislative Research said on Saturday.

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