Cattle row: Arun Jaitley seeks to pacify protesters, RSS says beef parties “anti-humanity”

Prohibition of cow slaughter stated in Article 48 of Constitution is not an enforceable article, but a Directive Principle of State Policy.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 1, 2017 8:38 pm
beef ban protests, arun jaitley, india news, indian express news The animal markets are meant for farmers and not for traders, Jaitley said, adding that “this is the only effect of the notification”. (Source: PTI Photo)

The row over beef eating and cattle trade kept the political cauldron astir on Thursday despite Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s attempt to calm frayed tempers by insisting the new central notification will not interfere with state laws on slaughtering animals. Following several days of protests, particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Jaitley told a press conference in New Delhi that the ban imposed by the Centre on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter had nothing to do with state legislations.

The animal markets are meant for farmers and not for traders, he said, adding that “this is the only effect of the notification”.

“Every state has its own legislation or no legislation (with regard to slaughter of cattle). You have provision in the Constitution Article 48 (Directive Principles) which says that certain category of animals have to be protected,” Jaitley said.

Prohibition of cow slaughter mentioned in Article 48 of the Constitution is not an enforceable article, but a Directive Principle of State Policy.

West Bengal’s feisty Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been at the forefront of the opposition’s attack on the ban, added a new twist to the row, claiming the Centre was planning to omit buffalo from the abmit of its notification to favour “certain people close to BJP” involved in trade of its meat.

“Some people close to the BJP are involved in the buffalo meat trade and that is why, they (Centre) are planning to allow the slaughter of buffaloes,” she told a public meeting in Tarakeshwar in West Bengal.

Assailing vigilantism in the name of cow protection, she said,”The BJP has got only 29 per cent of the votes, but they are trying to bulldoze the entire people. Who are they to decide what one will eat? Who are they to decide what one will wear? It is a matter of personal choice.”

Notwithstanding Jaitley’s attempt to pacify those angry at the ban, a top leader of the RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor, denounced “beef parties” being organised to protest the Modi government’s measure as “against humanity”, and suggested that they “should change their ways”.

“Those who are doing this (hosting beef parties) are just a few in the population of 121 crore. They do not represent the opinion of the nation. Their act is against humanity and they should change their ways,” veteran RSS leader Indresh Kumar told a press conference at Jaipur.

“Cow milk is healthier than beef. Milk is medicine while beef makes you prone to diseases. People should understand this and not eat beef,” Kumar said.

There also was a bit of political churning in Meghalaya where a senior BJP leader, who had announced a beef party in his hometown to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three years in office, resigned from the party.

BJP district president of Garo Hills Bernard Rimpu Marak, who had joined the party last year, was understood to have been asked to put in his papers. He, however, claimed his resignation was to protest the BJP’s “stand on beef”.

“In the interest of the Garo people, I have put in my papers today as a mark of protest against the party’s stand on beef,” Marak told PTI.

“I have resigned because I am a Christian and a Garo first. Steps taken by the party, especially in the Garo Hills, are not in the interest of the people,” he said.

Marak had in a Facebook post yesterday said the BJP in Garo Hills will organise a “bitchy-beef party” to celebrate three years of Modi government. Bitchy is a local alcoholic brew made from rice which is consumed during festivals.

Reacting to Marak’s post, BJP spokesman Nalin Kohli had told reporters that the party will either sack him or ask him to tender his resignation.

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    Joseph Varghese Cana
    Jun 3, 2017 at 9:17 am
    Man making an animal god is declaring that he is less than an animal.
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      srinivasulu
      Jun 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm
      Wats wrong with these section of keralites. A cute and harmless calf is ur target.. Ashamed ashamed . Wat next u want for eating since ur eating habits have already bit the wall.GOD save us
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        Srinivasan apparao
        Jun 2, 2017 at 8:10 am
        Don't give clarification over clarification with draw your notification and the state govt dicide and you concentrate only on development and stop brining in rss ideology
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          M Saritha
          Jun 2, 2017 at 6:58 am
          Just because it's BJP that's been labelled as a pro-Hindu party, there's a wide range of chaos over this cattle issue. BJP failed in making the public understand it's not influencing the people's choice on what to eat or what to wear, but to protect the farmers' interests. The controversial ban is not going to stop anyone from eating the beef. Period. Those who are escalating false propa a should also make their followers understand that big heads are involved in the cattle slaughter trade that's international and they buying the cattle from the farmers for a meagre amount. Here the farmer is the loser. The ban will help the farmer, though not immediately, but will surely. The ban notification is not targeting any beef eater. Cowing down to the provoking statements and organizing beef parties will not make anyone a hero.
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            Srinivasan apparao
            Jun 2, 2017 at 8:13 am
            Don't give big lectures ask them to with draw the notification
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            Kamal Pasha
            Jun 2, 2017 at 2:31 am
            India is moving towards Civil War.
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              Salman
              Jun 2, 2017 at 12:26 am
              I don't understand the agenda and vision of our government....they got the votes on the name of development and education but what is going in the current scenario is pathetic. It's just because people have closed their eyes and BJP-RSS has become our destiny maker. We must have courage to say Hey Whatsup....let's talk about development now. Enough of drama and hypocrisy on the name Cow and beef....let's give some concerns to the country development. Animals should be taken care of but not at the cost depriving it's country people and their children. Rather it should be taken care by that particular ministry, not any groups!!
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                PAREED
                Jun 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm
                THE GOVERNMENT PROTECTED THE INTERESTS OF THE FARMERS.THE CRUELTY TO THE ANIMAL CAUSES THE MEAT AS POISON.THE SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS ACCORDING TO ISLAM IS 1 THE CATTLE SHALL BE HEALTHY 2. THE SLAUGHTER IS TO BE CARRIED OUT VISIBLE BY OTHER CATTLE. 3 THE VISION OF THE SLAUGHTER CAUSES FEAR TO ANIMALS 4 SLAUGHTER IS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY GOOD KNIFE AND CATTLE HAS THE RIGHT TO DIE EASY 5.THE FOUR LEGS ARE NOT TIGHTEN BY THE COIR 6 ONLY THREE LEGS SHALL BE TIGHTER FOR FREE DEATH. 7 THE ANIMALS CONVE BY VEHICLE DENIED THE FOOD AND WATER.NO HALAL FOOD OR BEEF IS NOT AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET THE GOVERNMENT ORDINANCE IS A RELIEF TO ANIMALS.THE CONVEYANCE OF CATTLE BY FEAR AND ANTI-ANIMAL CAUSES THE FLESH AS POISON. THE FARMERS HAVE RIGHT TO SELL.IT IS NOT A BUSINESS. THE ANIMALS ARE ALSO HAVING LIFE.THE LEFT PARTIES AND CONGRESS NOT REACTED POSITIVELY.SLAUGHTER OF CALF AT KANNOOR IS AN EXAMPLE.BEEF FESTIVAL ITSELF BARBARIC.THE FLESH OF ANIMALS WITHOUT BLOOD IS ONLY HALAL IN ISLAM.
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                  Gopal Yadav
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 10:10 pm
                  RSS is losing the respect it earned in the past because, like fundamentalists of all varieties, it is refusing to adapt to new knowledge. If it continues on this path, it will become irrelevant in the development of India. Time to grow up.
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                    JASWANT
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm
                    Ban can't be solution of any problems. The Centre is trying to do indirectly which it can't to directly. The animal husbandry is a State subject and through the Ministry of Environment and Forest, the centre has issued the notification. Is it the cooperative federation. The Modi Government is well aware about the legal and cons utional provisions however to please it's bosses at Nagpur, this unavoidable issue was raked
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