New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again issued stern warnings to those who are indulging in violence in the name cow protection. At an all-party meeting held on the eve of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning Monday, the PM reportedly said states must take exacting actions on “cow vigilantes”.
Though no business would be transacted on the first day of Monsoon session with obituary references for the death of two sitting MPs Vinod Khanna of the Lok Sabha and Anil Dave, environment minister and member of the Rajya Sabha, it is expected to be stormy, with opposition likely to raise issues ranging from border issues to GST and cow vigilantism to farmers’ plight and their death in Madhya Pradesh.
After his remarks made in Gujarat a few days ago, this is Modi’s second utterance against what is turning into mobs attacking and lynching people in the name of cow protection in different parts of the country. Last year too, Modi had issued the similar warnings but incidences of a section of people being targeted by the vigilantes did not stop.
The lynching incidents have brought a very bad name to the Modi administration and clearly the government is under pressure as media and intellectuals are attacking the Central government for its failure to protect people.