New Delhi, July 16: The government on Sunday called an all-party meeting ahead of the Monsoon Session 2017 which is all set to begin on Monday. Issues related to the increase in the cases related to cow vigilantism were discussed in the meeting. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reportedly raised concern on the flood situation in the Northeastern states particularly in Assam, where over 60 have been killed, Union Minister Ananth Kumar told the media after the conclusion of the meeting.
Speaking to the media, Kumar said that the Prime Minister, in the meeting, presented a tough stand against those who kill people in the name of ‘gau raksha’. He also added that the PM has assured strict action against those found guilty. 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).”
Quoting PM Modi, Kumar said,”Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn’t benefit from it. Some anti-social elements have made ‘gauraksha’ a medium for spreading anarchy. This is affecting the image of the nation.”
This is the second time that the Prime Minister has taken a tough stand on cow vigilantism. Earlier in June, in Ahmedabad at Sabarmati Ashram, the PM had said that killing in the name of ‘gau raksha’ is unacceptable. He had also said that killing humans in the name of cow protection is not ‘gau raksha’.
Kumar also informed the media that issue related to the flood condition in Assam and other Northeastern states were also discussed during the meeting. “The PM has raised concern over the flood situation in Northeastern states,” Ananth Kumar was quoted as saying by ANI.
All political parties except the Trinamool Congress attended the all-party meeting, which was called on the eve of the Monsoon Session, which begins on Monday and ahead of the Presidential Election 2017 on July 17. Kumar said that talking about Presidential Election 2017, Modi urged MPs of all parties to exercise their right to vote.
As per Kumar, Modi also spoke on GST roll-out. He quoted Modi as terming the reform an example of “co-operative federalism”. “The prime minister also sought the co-operation of all parties for the successful implementation of GST,” Kumar was quoted as saying by a report.