Cattle sale ban: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan says new rule is anti-federal, anti-democratic

Cattle sale ban: The chief minister maintained that the new ruling will have disastrous consequences.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 9:48 pm
cattle sale ban, cattle slaughter, cattle slaughter ban, pinarayi vijayan Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (File Photo)

Condemning the recent ban on sale and purchase of cattle in animal market, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday sent a letter to his counterparts in other states asking them to convey their objections over the latest decision by the government to the prime minister. The letter which was also posted on the Facebook wall of Vijayan decries the new rule saying it is nothing but a negation of the democratic principle.

“It is rather unfortunate that such a drastic measure, producing serious consequences, was introduced in exercise of the rule making power, surpassing the elected representatives of the people and avoiding any public debate. This is nothing but a negation of the democratic principle, which is indisputably accepted as forming part of the basic structure of the Constitution,” wrote Vijayan.

The chief minister also wrote in the letter that rule imposes unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to carry on any trade. “The Rules, by imposing unreasonable restriction on the fundamental right to carry on any trade or occupation under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution, will not stand the test of constitutionality. They also violate the basic right of a person to freedom of choice regarding his food,” reads the letter,” the letter reads.

The chief minister maintained that the new ruling will have disastrous consequences. “Apart from the Constitutional and legal infirmities of the Rules, the disastrous consequences which are likely to arise if these Rules are brought into force make one shudder. It will definitely produce a chaotic situation in the rural agricultural economy in all the States.”

Vijayan urged his counterparts to stand together against protests against the Centre’s order. “Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move, it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country.

“I would therefore fervently appeal to you to convey your objection to the 2017 Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to the Prime Minister, and to request him to withdraw the Rules introduced without any consultation with the States. Since the matters dealt within the Rules squarely fall within the purview of State Legislatures, the State Governments may be allowed to formulate necessary policies and laws to suit the socio-cultural and economic milieu of the State,” wrote Vijayan.

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  1. C
    May 30, 2017 at 2:18 am
    Both Kerala and West Bengal have no right to protest as these states have already disseminated their local cattle population. Kerala, in love with Swedish cattle, introduced the Kerala Livestock Improvement Act in 1961. The act required castration of domestic bulls and their eventual slaughter for beef. Most of the domestic variety of cattle is now extinct in Kerala. West Bengal, had its first abattoir for cows established in 1760 by the then British Governor Robert Clive. To facilitate the slaughter of cows, the British also introduced caste system in India during the same period. The domestic cows are now extinct in these two states. They rely on other states to supply them for their slaughter houses. If the seller from other states such as UP know in advance that the buyer will eventually plan to slaughter the cow they will definitely refuse to sell the cattle. The central government is only adhering to Article 48 of the Indian Cons ution.
    1. N
      May 30, 2017 at 2:04 am
      Please focus on solving Kashmir Issues instead of creating new ones. I am strictly vegetarian Hindu Brahmin , who knows for facts Hindus in the western world are consuming beef and still go to temples follow Hindu traditions go to temple. Solve existing problems to run the country.March into Kashmir to practice hard line Hindu agenda to make up for forced exodus of Kashmiri Hindus
      1. H
        May 30, 2017 at 2:35 am
        Kashmir issue is Islamic nuisance which is all over world. How is Kashmir issue different than Rohinga Muslim in Burma or Chechnya Muslim or Philiipines or Thailand Muslim. India is only country which divided itself and gave them Pa@kistan. The only permanent solution my called Vegetarian Hindu friend is to round up muslim in 4 districts in Southern Kashmir and Boldly March them to their beloved stan. No other solutions. Do you expect world forget India to have redicalized muslim nation just like Afghanistan a land locked state sandwiched between stan anc China with its own warlords like Gilanis, Maliks..etc. keeping Muslim in india after 1947. Muslim by their conduct simply unfit to live in any non muslim secular democratic country anywhere in world. VEGETARIAN HINDU.. YOU ARE STILL KING KAFIR TO THEM..FOLLOW BURMA AND CHECHNYA AND SEND MUSLIM TO P@KISTAN
        1. T
          May 30, 2017 at 4:45 am
          Sick minded .... Hate monger speak something relevant orelse bend down and blow urself lol...... Indian government is removing Buffalo from list ....of animals which is prohibited from trading n open market happy with that news
        2. S
          May 30, 2017 at 3:02 am
          Better be educated than backward. Global warming is main caused by meat eating particularly cow. Cow eating is particularly harmful to the environment. Most of the pollution comes from cow kil . Worse cruelty to animals is directly link to cruelty to humans. So watch the video of them slowly bleeding an animal to death then think next they may slit your throat too as there is no difference between kil animal and kil humans. Animal cruelty is link to very violent crime on humans. So yes how you treat your animals is how you will treat humans as there is a direct correlation. .
          1. T
            May 30, 2017 at 4:43 am
            That's all nonsense... The beef eating habits are followed for centuries .and it's only now when this government came to power such a myth was discovered .. If it was really causing such disasters it's not India .The countries like US UK and Australia would have stopped or warned eat usage long back itself who had the facilities for advance studies . None until now objected usage of meat ... Sir just stop blabbering for ur personal likes .. Central government has only banned cattle trading in open market ....Those who want to eat beef can buy this from the farms in which is grwn for the beef purpose and the usage will be continued .Jai hind .And central government is planning to remove buffaloes fr.the list
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          jay mehta
          May 29, 2017 at 11:17 pm
          if rogue RSS BJP continue with their illegal invalid rules and laws - country will soon divide into 29 parts as states and then no central govt BJP only in gujrat - rest all will have regional parties who will cater to public demands not brahmins demands
          1. B
            bharat kumar
            May 29, 2017 at 11:13 pm
            BRAVO CONGRATS PINARAYI VIJAYAN - for ki-ing @ss of scoundral RSS BJPIGS and gauatankis - plz p a law if any gau atanki found public can legally stone him to death on spot -
            1. A
              avinash pete
              May 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm
              The Supreme Court’s contradictory judgments In Mirzapur, the Supreme Court basically reversed the judgment passed by its cons ution bench in Quareshi. - LOL Animal cruelty is directive principle , Directive Principles of state policy are not enforceable by any court of law In particular, while interpreting the directive principles of state policy, the court misinterpreted and misused the role of these principles in our cons utional framework – thus making them antagonistic to the fundamental freedoms guaranteed in Part III of the cons ution.
              1. V
                May 29, 2017 at 10:58 pm
                Few CM's like Mamta ,Kejri and Vijayan think that they are above law and think that they are the undistuputed rulers but not the elected leaders . Should understand that the Central above the state Govt. Stop nonsense of federal system and undemocratic rhetoric. Under Democracy has he bothered about the fee of Minority community in Kerala ?
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                  bharat kumar
                  May 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm
                  u r comment is like spitting on sky - it will fall on u r face - MR VIJAYAN PINARAYI is CM con-sti-tuit-io-nal authority u r a third grade cheap arm chair commentator - can u stop IE publishing his news - but IE can delete u r comment -
                  1. T
                    May 29, 2017 at 11:28 pm
                    Lets wait for the States of North East react to these... These new rule will hit back the central government and it will be the starting of fall of those who is travel with the mask of Dictatorship ...let's wait n wait
                    1. G
                      May 30, 2017 at 2:27 am
                      Do you even have a clue about the CONS UTION?
                    2. K
                      kaushik shah
                      May 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm
                      It’s Time the Supreme Court Untangled Its Contradictory Ru s on Cow Protection The Bombay high court’s ru raises issues never addressed by the courts before, such as • Can food habits be criminalised? • Is there a right to preserve food cultures under the cons ution? • Is the right to a ‘desired diet’ a protected fundamental right under Article 21? • Is the right to an affordable source of protein for the bottom 30 a protected fundamental right? • Is the right to food of choice not a part of the right to life?
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                        neha mathur
                        May 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm
                        Well known ecologist S. Faizi wrote in Facebook “the centre cannot create any law or issue orders about a subject that is in the State list, in the division of legislative powers between the centre and states. Livestock is a state subject. In the State List under Schedule VII: Paras 15 and 16 cover livestock. Hope the SC will strike down any uncons utional order by the Centre.”
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