Centre’s cattle trade restrictions evoke strong reactions from politicians

States like Tamil Nadu and Kerala organised Beef Fests in protest against the Central Government's decision whereas, in Uttar Pradesh, cow shelters welcomed the decision, saying that the new rule would curb rampant theft and smuggling of cattle.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 11:56 am
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The Centre’s decision on Friday to ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at cattle markets evoked strong reactions. Political leaders from different states have both hailed and opposed the decision. States like Tamil Nadu and Kerala organised Beef Fests in protest whereas, in Uttar Pradesh, cow shelters welcomed the decision, saying the new rule would curb rampant theft and smuggling of cattle. The Centre’s move is considered to be a big blow for meat suppliers across the country. The Environment Ministry notified the Regulation of Livestock Market Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. According to these Rules, “…no person shall bring a cattle to an animal market unless upon arrival he has furnished a written declaration signed by the owner of the cattle or his duly authorised agent… stating that the cattle has not been brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.

Here are the political reactions from across the country: 

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Pinarayi Vijayan: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to PM Modi on Saturday, staunchly opposing the Centre’s decision and said such restrictions go against the principles of secularism and federalism as enshrined in the Constitution. “The absence of efforts to take the states into confidence on such a drastic move with far reaching consequences is detrimental to our democracy. I am afraid it amounts to an intrusion into the rights of the states in our federal structure. The introduction of such restrictions in a hasty manner would certainly prove to be a challenge in upholding our plurality, the essence of our nation,” read the letter to PM Modi. He said the Rules impose unreasonable restrictions on the fundamental right to carry on any trade or occupation under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution. They also violate the basic right of a person to freedom of choice regarding his food, he said.

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Mamata Banerjee: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that she would request the Centre to not interfere in the matter and destroy the federal structure, adding that her government would “not accept this order” and would “challenge it legally and constitutionally”. The government of West Bengal had earlier disapproved of the Centre’s move to ban the sale of cattle from animal markets meant for slaughter, saying that such a decision cannot be taken unilaterally in a federal structure.

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M.K Stalin: DMK leader M K Stalin called for a protest in Chennai on Wednesday against the Centre’s recent decision to ban trade of cattle for slaughter in animal markets. Earlier, the DMK  had called for repealing the beef ban law, saying it infringes on the right of every citizen to make their food choices. He had also asked the BJP government to recuse itself from “endangering the pluralism by instituting monolithic laws”. While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami  said he will comment on the Centre’s ban on cattle sale after going through the notification.

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Maneka Gandhi: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi defended the government’s decision, saying that the new rule will ensure prevention of cruelty towards animals. Gandhi, who is also an animal rights activist, added, “Animal markets were started for farmers so that they could sell their cattle to other farmers. So if I have a cow and a calf and I don’t want to keep the calf, then I can sell it in the market.”

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V Narayanasamy: Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy slammed the ban  saying government has no right to impose restrictions on food habits of people, calling it “autocratic and a clear case of infringement on the rights of people relating to food habits”.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad: Law Minister and senior BJP leader  slammed the Congress over the recent slaughter of a calf in public view in Kerala, allegedly by Youth Congress workers protesting against the Centre. He said, “This is shameful and in many ways provocative. Political opposition happens but it is unfortunate that such an act has been committed, that too by Youth Congress workers.”

 

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    Kg
    May 30, 2017 at 5:40 pm
    they will cohabit only under danda
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      sandeep
      May 30, 2017 at 4:56 pm
      Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard Marak - declared if BJP comes to power in Meghalaya - BJP will bring down Cow Beef prices , and open more Cow slaughter houses - and said many BJP leaders in Meghalaya openly eat Beef
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        indian man
        May 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm
        @sandeep. You right. Whom to blame when own people are culprit. If only at the time of par ion our Leaders followed strict rules, such things would not happened. It's too late now. Only because of some good people India is still alive. We must call back our soldiers , fighting for India. Then see what these people like Bernard Marak, Mamata Banerjee could do.
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        Kg
        May 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm
        Slowly, bring them to their knees and show them their place, that is the only way to cohabit with them,proved.
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          kiran
          May 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm
          HINDU word is MYTH – non existent not found in any scriptures of vedas purans sm-r-it-i adivasis – are not hindus dalits are not hindus but Buddhist and converted to Buddhist – are 25 percent muslims / Sikhs / chritians – 25 percent non hindus OBC – many marathas / others converted to shivdharma a non hindu fold – 15 percent ayats separate religion – is non hindu fold – don’t pray to rama Krishna – 5 percent Total 70 percent proven non hindus of indias population where is question of hindu Rashtra
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            indian man
            May 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm
            I am sure you got these figures from Madrasa text books. Hindu existed long before Muslims created their barba ric culture.
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              sandeep
              May 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm
              @ Indian Man - Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard Marak - declared if BJP comes to power in Meghalaya - BJP will bring down Cow Beef prices , and open more Cow slaughter houses - and said many BJP leaders in Meghalaya openly eat Beef - these figures are from indian the hindu - deccan chronicle
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            chitta
            May 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm
            Is there any proof that lord Shiv do not eat meat. During that period there was only trees ,plant , fruits and animals. He must have tried them all.
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              Kg
              May 30, 2017 at 3:55 pm
              Is there a proof Prophet Mo did not , he was horny and many times did not have women around, he must have tried everything?
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                sandeep
                May 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm
                Meghalaya BJP leader Bernard Marak - declared if BJP comes to power in Meghalaya - BJP will bring down Cow Beef prices , and open more Cow slaughter houses - and said many BJP leaders in Meghalaya openly eat Beef
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                kiran
                May 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                Many gods such as Indra and Agni are described as having special preferences for different types of flesh - Indra had weakness for bull's meat and Agni for bull's and cow's. It is recorded that the Maruts and the Asvins were also offered cows. In the Vedas there is a mention of around 250 animals out of which at least 50 were supposed to be fit for sacrifice and consumption. In the Mahabharata there is a mention of a king named Rantideva who achieved great fame by distributing foodgrains and beef to Brahmins. Taittiriya Brahman categorically tells us: `Verily the cow is food' (atho annam via gauh) and Yajnavalkya's insistence on eating the tender (am ) flesh of the cow is well known. Even later Brahminical texts provide the evidence for eating beef. Even M mriti did not prohibit the consumption of beef.
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                  Kg
                  May 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                  50 year old Mo had weakness for very young litle girls,forgot?
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                pravin
                May 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm
                modern ma-nu-ss-mr-iti animal can kill animal – tiger kills all animals / cows animal can kill human- tiger / dog kills human human cant kill animal – life sentence – ha ha ha h ha
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                  sulekha gandhi
                  May 30, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                  The umption of the Hindus that India now has become the land of the Hindus is erroneous. India belongs to all who live here. If we stop cow slaughter by law here and the very reverse happens in stan,/ western countries what will be the result? Supposing they say Hindus would not be allowed to visit temples because it was against Shariat to worship idols? I see God even in a stone but how do I harm others by this belief? If therefore I am stopped from visiting temples I would still visit them. I shall therefore suggest that these telegrams and letters should cease. It is not proper to waste money on them. – MAHATMA G-A-ANDHI
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                    cool indian
                    May 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm
                    Beef ban is brahmnical ploy to weaken backwards minorities and deprive them from iron vitamins and protein - so weak public then cannot fight foreign invaders like US UK /whom sanghi brahmins will call to rule india like they called british and spied for them
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                      chitta
                      May 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                      Increase p@pulation. Mary Hindu girls . Gain majority. Create own Govt. Make own rules.
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