- Have asked states to take strict action against those violating law in name of cow protection: PM Narendra Modi
- Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn’t benefit from it: PM Modi
“PM Modi has asked states to take strict action against those violating law in the name of cow protection. No person or group can be allowed to take the law into their own hands,” said Union minister Ananth Kumar quoting the Prime Minister.
Kumar was addressing mediapersons after attending an all-party meeting on Sunday, where PM Modi and senior BJP leaders were present.
The Prime Minister’s barbed remarks came in the wake of reports of mobs attacking and lynching people over allegations of carrying or eating beef.
“There is a law on cow protection in the country. But committing crimes in the name of cow protection out of personal animosities cannot be tolerated,” PM Modi said
He alleged that some political parties were portraying cow protection as a communal issue to gain political mileage, which is detrimental to the country’s secular fibre.
“It (cow vigilantism) should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn’t benefit from it. Everyone should come together and put an end to it,” he said.
Last month, PM Modi had echoed a similar sentiment and said that “killing in the name of cow worship is not acceptable”.
At the high-level meeting, PM Modi also expressed his gratitude to all political parties for their consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which ensured the swift and efficient roll out of the landmark tax reform on July 1.