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Indian premier calls for action against cow vigilantism

Such meetings should be held not only in Delhi but also in state capitals, Mr Agrawal suggested, according to sources.

Ahead of the Parliament session, the government has called an all-party meeting today at 11am.

However, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are unlikely to transact any business tomorrow and adjourn till July 18 on the account of the death of its members: Vinod Khanna (Lok Sabha) and Anil Dave and P. Goverdhan Reddy (Rajya Sabha).

BJP leaders have said they would take on the opposition over these issues claiming that the government's track record has been better than the UPA in terms of economy and agriculture growth.

On Sunday the Speaker held an all-party meet to iron out differences between government and opposition parties.

The government has closed all doors for dialogue on Kashmir "which has led to political suffocation in the Valley", senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

Even as three top Union Ministers - Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj - on Friday briefed the Opposition, including the Congress, on the standoff with China and situation in Kashmir post-Amarnath pilgrims attack, the Opposition is in no mood to let the government to off the hook.

He said the Congress "is not in favour of stalling the proceedings of Parliament, but we are forced to do so when the government does not agree to our genuine demands". On Kashmir, the Opposition feels the government has mishandled both the internal situation and the engagement with Pakistan.

CPI leader D Raja said the opposition "will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings in the country that pose grave danger to the social harmony of the country and the idea of India". Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, addressing an all-party meeting, placed the onus on the respective state governments, calling on them to take measures against self-proclaimed cow vigilantes.

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes constitutional status is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha this session.



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