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More states censure centre’s cattle slaughter rules


CHENNAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed for four weeks the operation of new central government rules on cattle trade.

The court issued notice to the central government asking it to file a reply within four weeks.

The central government’s May 23 notification governing sale of cows and buffaloes — and their slaughter — has evoked strong protests from political parties in Tamil Nadu.

In Tripura, the Left Front government said it will not implement the new cattle trade and slaughter rules as it is against the interests of the people.

“The new cattle trade and slaughter rules framed by the central government are against the interest of the people. We will not carry out the new rules,” Tripura’s Agriculture and Animal Resource Development Minister Aghore Debbarma said.

“A large section of people, specially those from the Dalit community, are engaged in the business of cattle skin. Farmers engaged with cattle business, minorities, those who depend on cattle for their source of protein would be directly affected,” CPM Tripura state secretary Bijan Dhar told reporters.

“We have a federal democracy in our country. The central government cannot do many things without involving the states. The BJP government unilaterally framed this important cattle trade and slaughter rules,” he said.

Dhar, also a CPM central committee member, said the central government without studying the gravity of the impact of the new cattle trade and slaughter rules enforced it from a “communal view point”.

In Delhi meanwhile, BJP youth workers staged a protest against the Congress and demanded “public apology” from party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi over the butchering of a domestic ox by its youth leaders in Kerala.

Hundreds of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) workers demonstrated outside the Congress office headquarters in central Delhi and alleged that its workers had hurt the sentiments of over 100 crore Hindus across India. Police had to use water canons to disperse the crowd.

“Congress has hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindus by killing the ox in full public view,” said BJYM leader Sunil Yadav, who led the protest.

He also said those involved in the butchering of cattle must be jailed.

A Hindu leader, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati too on Tuesday slammed a beef party held by Congress workers in Kerala and said he has spoken to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi about it.

The Shankracharya is known to be close to the Congress on political matters. He said that he had been told of the disciplinary action taken against the errant Congress workers. — IANS

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