A demand for banning cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh triggered a ruckus in the Vidhan Sabha with the BJP members stalling the proceedings against Animal Husbandry Minister Raj Kishore Singh’s remark terming the saffron party a “gang engaged in stealing animals for slaughter”.
BJP refused to back off demanding that the minister should take back his words. It led to several adjournments, even as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister sought to put the onus on the Centre, saying it was the licencing authority of slaughter houses and if it passes an order for their closure the state government will ensure implementation.
Amidst the disruptions, Speaker Mata Prasad rushed through the proceedings and four Bills were passed after which he adjourned the House till Wednesday.
The issue was raised during the Question Hour by BJP MLA Satish Mahana, who alleged that UP government was “insensitive” in dealing with illegal slaughter of cow and other animals and “several organised gangs were operating in the illegal trade”.
In reply, Animal Husbandry Minister Singh said that cow slaughter was banned in the state and strict action is taken if any such case comes up. He informed that in 2014, 2,032 FIRs were registered, 3,512 persons were arrested and 22,514 animals rescued.
Not satisfied with reply, Mahana claimed that illegal slaughter of animals was going on under state government’s patronage. BJP members trooped to the well but later returned. BJP member Lokendra Singh said he had met Chief Minister four times and submitted reports.
“Milch animals are stolen and sold to slaughter houses There is an illegal slaughter house in Sahaspur, Bijnor,” he added.
To this, Singh said that Samajwadi Party was in no way involved in such activities and it appears that the gang of stealing animals was from BJP. “The manner in which Mahana is explaining the modus operandi of the gang, it appears that it belongs to BJP. Giroh aap logon ka hai,” he said.
“The licencing authority of slaughter houses is Centre…There is your Prime Minister. If he passed the order , I will see to it that slaughter houses here are closed down in two minutes,” he said.
Intervening in the debate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan said, “It does not look nice when a murderer claims that murder is a bad thing. Meat export earns foreign exchange. Even five months after forming the government, there is no order to stop export of meat”.
Azam claimed that even on dry days, when animal slaughter is banned, the five star hotel serve beef.
Mahana, meanwhile, demanded that the state government should bring a resolution for closing the slaughter houses in the state. Azam claimed that it can be done directly by the central government. Amidst the arguments, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also intervened.
“There should be a complete proposal. There should be a restriction on use of animals for medical purpose and even for making shoes. Every thing should be closed,” Akhilesh said.
Pushed on the backfoot by an aggressive ruling bench, BJP’s legislature party leader Suresh Khanna announced in the House that all slaughter houses will be closed in the country and it will be done by the central government.
At this, Azam quipped: “They are not weak people like (those in) Muzaffarnagar. There is an international policy involved. You will not be able to shut them down.”
After this, BJP members again trooped to the well raising slogans. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey adjourned the house till 12:20 pm in which the Question Hour was lost. Even after adjournment, BJP members remained in the well.
Khanna demanded that Singh should take back his words. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey assured that the phrase will be deleted from the proceedings. Meanwhile, BJP leader Laxmikant Bajpai said that in every reply “Azam mentions Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur riots”. “I want to know whose kothi the riot accused visited in Lucknow?”
It led to an uproar after which the House was adjourned for 10 minutes, which was later extended by another 20 minutes.
Order could not be restored even during Zero Hour. Leader of Opposition and BSP member Swami Prasad Maurya requested that the adjournment notice be take up Wenesday when House is in order which was objected by Azam Khan. “BJP has no other agenda except Mandir and meat,” Azam said. Maurya later staged a walkout stating that both SP and BJP do not want the House to function. Whole Zero Hour was lost and no notices could be taken up.