Published On: Sun, Jul 16th, 2017

PM’s veiled attack on Lalu, urges opposition to shun corrupt politicians

New Delhi: In a veiled attack on RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his kin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all political leaders to stay away from corrupt leaders and refrain from protecting them.

The all-party meet was held at Parliament House

“Due to the corrupt practices going on, there is a question mark on the people engaged in public service. All political leaders will have to take the lead to set this right,” he told a meeting of political parties ahead of Parliament session beginning on Monday.

“I urge all the political leaders to stay away from corrupt politicians and refrain themselves from protecting them from the investigation against them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananthkumar quoted Modi as saying.

The Prime Minister also urged the political leaders to help carry forward the investigation against corrupt politicians.

The all-party meet was held at Parliament House.

Lalu Prasad and his son-cum-Bihar Deputy Prime Minister Tejashwi Yadav have denied the charges of corruption hurled at them and accused the BJP of “vendetta politics”.

Prime Minister Modi also said that violence in the name of cow protection cannot be tolerated and asked state governments to act “very tough” against those taking law in their own hands.

Modi told MPs that law and order was a state subject and as such the state governments needed to act strictly against those committing violence in the name of cow.

“The central government has sent advisories to the state governments. Law and order is the state subject. As such, very tough action should be taken against those resorting to violence in the name of cow protection,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananthkumar said, quoting Modi as saying at the meeting in Parliament House.

Modi said some political parties were painting cow protection with communal colour and taking political advantages which does not benefit the country.

“The race which has started to score political mileages after painting cow protection with communal colours will do no good to the country. Everyone should come together and put an end to it (cow vigilantism),” the Prime Minister told all parties.

“There is a law on cow protection in the country. But committing crimes in the name of cow protection out of personal animosities cannot be tolerated,” Modi said, according to Ananthkumar.

The opposition has vowed to raise the issue in Parliament, seeking answers from the government on what it was doing to end the violence that has claimed many lives in the country.


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