PM Modi at all-party meeting: All states should take stringent action against cow vigilantes

Opposition parties have attacked the BJP over the cases of cow vigilantism, in which Muslims and Dalits have often been targeted. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 16, 2017, 10.03 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that strict action should be taken against those breaking the law in the name of cow protection, news agency PTI reported.

"All (state) governments should take stringent action against those who are violating law in the name of cow protection," said Union minister Ananth Kumar quoting the Prime Minister.

Kumar was addressing the media after attending an all-party meeting where PM Modi and senior BJP leaders were present.

The Prime Minister further added that cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour.

“It (cow vigilantism) should not be given political or communal colour; the nation doesn’t benefit from it. There is a widespread belief that cow is like mother but this should not let people take law in their own hands,” Modi was quoted as saying.

Modi also mentioned the presidential poll to be held tomorrow and said it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the candidate.

He, however, said "high level of dignity" has been maintained by both sides during the campaign and no "ill will or bad language" has been used.