Take strict action against gau rakshaks breaking law, Modi instructs states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, MoS Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MoS in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delh

"All political parties should collectively denounce hooliganism in the name of cow protection".

Addressing a meeting of Opposition leaders on Sunday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the numbers may be against their candidates for the President and Vice-President's post, the "battle must be fought" to protect the highest Constitutional offices in the country. Mr Modi said, over the past few decades, the image of political leadership has been at crossroads due to the deeds of some of the leaders amongst us.

The Prime Minister also underlined the belief of many Hindus that cow is like our 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.

Reaching out to the Opposition on the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed some of the concerns of various political parties and spoke out against cow vigilantes who indulge in violence in the name of cow protection and said state governments should take the strictest action in such matters.

Attacks on people accused of beef eating or slaughtering cows have raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minorities and Dalits.

Monsoon Session of the Parliament gets underway today. In addition, the government also wants supplementary grants to be discussed. The parties came together on the presidential and vice-presidential election, but are keen to take the unity further in raising issues in Parliament.

Take strict action against gau rakshaks breaking law, Modi instructs states

However, no one from the JD (U) or the Trinamool Congress were present. However, on the issues of corruption and the raids on the leaders of Opposition parties, the fracture among the Opposition parties may appear.

Lalu Prasad and Tejaswi Yadav, who is also the Bihar Deputy Chief Minister, have denied the charges of corruption against them and accused the BJP of "vendetta politics". Just like rains make soil emit a pleasant smell, similarly, the successful implementation of the GST has filled the session with a new hope and excitement,"Modi said".

In an attempt to convince Opposition parties on the stand-off with China, the government on Friday and Saturday briefed their leaders and assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically. BJP party President Amit Shah also arrives at 10:00.

Rajya Sabha also adjourned till tomorrow.

The government aims to introduce 16 new from a total of bills scheduled to be tabled in the House.

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