Kerala Assembly calls cattle ban ‘fascist’, passes resolution to urge Centre to scrap

In a special one-day session of the Kerala Assembly, the ruling LDF and opposition UDF came together to oppose the Centre's new ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 8, 2017 3:02 pm
Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, Cattle ban, Kerala Assmebly Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the CPI Office in New Delhi on Monday. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

In a special one-day session of the Kerala Assembly on Thursday, the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) came together to oppose the Centre’s new ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter. Calling the ban ‘fascist’, the House passed a resolution asking the Centre to withdraw the resolution. The only member to oppose the decision was BJP’s O Rajagopal.

Members of both fronts said the notification was an ‘intrusion’ into the state’s rights and an ‘infringement’ on people’s food habits. They agreed the ban was not only “communal” in nature, but also “anti-working class” and “anti-farmer”. They also alleged the move was an attempt to corporatise the meat-trading sector.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has opposed the Centre’s ban since it was notified, said the Centre was imposing a ban based on the political agenda of the Sangh Parivar. Moving the resolution, he said, “The NDA government, that has failed to fulfil any of its promises, was raking up issues such as cattle slaughter to divide the people through communal polarisation for political gains.” He elaborated on the negative consequences the ban would have on the agrarian, dairy, leather and meat export sectors.

“The notification is impractical in Kerala where 95 per cent of the population is non-vegetarian. It is clearly an intrusion into the citizens’ choice of food,” Vijayan said. The chief minister has written to other states asking them to ‘stand together’ and ‘oppose’ the ban along with Kerala.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala described the ban as another ‘surgical strike’ by the Narendra Modi-led government, similar to that of the note ban. He added it was ‘a sign of arrival of fascism’ in the country.  “Modi has transformed himself into ‘abhinava Hitler’ (neo Hitler),” he said.

Rajagopal said the unity between the two fronts symbolised a ‘grand alliance’ forming at the national level to take on the BJP.

Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan claimed there was an ‘indirect interest’ behind the notification.

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    m.narasimhan
    Jun 9, 2017 at 11:43 am
    dear sir,keralite journalists work with washington post seems to co-operate for their land sincerely to get acknowledgement from own soil blaming p.m&bjp,grown-up cow gives milk to all creatures including born in kerala soil&from milk butter curd ghee gova&butter milk chockalates etc are processed to better the health of every living being on earth even for a new-born baby when mother unable to give from breast-feed she goes for cow for good health of child,cow's milk is pure&no contemination&without cows butter milk the human body gets heated&spoiled with that the normal channels of human or else collapse&energy decreases becomes inhuman in all activities of mankind&so it is very a partner in man's life&once after reading quran confusious told what ever muslims try to fill their stomach for eat the creature shouldbe at their forearm length which not to exceed but cows,buffalos,oxen,goats are more in size which suffers when killed with more pain&if 6th sense man didnot help wheretheygo
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      Curious onlooker
      Jun 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm
      Rajagopal said "the unity between the two fronts symbolised a ‘g alliance’ forming at the national level to take on the BJP." Mr Rajagopal this is a state matter for the Legislature coming together to register its displeasure at a particular Central Government decision that goes against its people's interest. Whether it is a prelude to a g alliance against the ru party at the Center is unimportant and beside the point.
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        Curious onlooker
        Jun 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm
        Erratum: g to be read as g ru " ru
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          Curious onlooker
          Jun 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm
          A worthless spell checker !
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          NARANAT
          Jun 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm
          WASHINGTON POST Reports: "Since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cow ambulances, cow hostels and even a system of ID cards for tracking cows". The Caste Hindu leader sitting on PM's chair at NewDelhi is more concerned about welfare of his COWs than Indian farmers & Women. Farmer suicides and rapes are happening on daily basis in his COW-BELT states and he is ready to spend 70 times of Tax payers money on welfare of COW than the money he spends on welfare of farmer, women and children. People are taking dead on their shoulder because there is no fund for Government Hospitals to run Ambulance. Funds are diverted to Cow Ambulance. Students are writing exams on floor because no fund for schools to buy furniture. That fund is diverted to Cow Hostels. Dead bodies are being dumped with trash because no fund for mortuaries. Funds are diverted to Cow IDs. What a shame people elect such illiterate tea sellers to PM post. Payback time for Indian's for their own mistake.
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          rajkal
          Jun 8, 2017 at 4:54 pm
          I am surprised about the noise made about the beef ban. Why any of our economic bigwigs not coming out to explain the financial burden and consumer price index increase due to shortage of food. There is no way any country can afford this kind of economical suicide which will be forced upon due to lack of food. a famine is in order in Kerala if the Beef ban is imposed.
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            Curious onlooker
            Jun 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm
            The country withstood the so called price index increase due to shortage of food for thousands of years and could take it on its stride. But Suddenly the Hindu brain is working overtime imagining a spectre of shortage of beef in a country that carries the largest livestock in the world! Don't hide behind hypocrisy and radical mindset to twist facts.
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            Mathura
            Jun 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm
            भैसों का यमराज के वाहन भैसे से किया यह निवेदन कि जंबू द्वीप के गुजरात के कुछ लोग जो अपने को एक ख़ास धर्म का नेता कहते हैं आपके वंशज भैसों के साथ खुले आम अन्याय कर रहें है वे लोग धन कमाने के लिए हम लोगों को कटवा कर खाड़ी के देशो में खाने के लिए बेच रहें है जब कि वे सत्ता धन के लिए हमारी तरह के अन्य चोपाए के लिए आपस में एक दूसरे को काटने के लिए सड़क पर खुली छूट दे रखी है ऐसे विवेकहीनो को आप तुरन्त य ोक में पहुचाए ताकि धरा पर धर्म का राज्य कायम हो सके अधर्मियो का नाश हो और चित्रगुप्त जी महाराज के निर्णय के अनुसार इस अनुचित कर्म को भोगने के लिए उस स्थान पर पहुचाए जो उनके लिए उचित है
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              Vivek
              Jun 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm
              In a city called Perumbavoor, Kerala, Pork is banned by some fanatic group. None of the so called secularists congress or Communists come forward to condemn such a ban as they are pimp of the so called Muslims organisations who are their vote bank....shame on you pimps
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                NARANAT
                Jun 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm
                WASHINGTON POST Reports: "Since the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cow ambulances, cow hostels and even a system of ID cards for tracking cows.....". The Caste Hindu leader sitting on PM's chair at NewDelhi is more concerned about welfare of his COWs than Indian farmers & Women. Farmer suicides and rapes are happening on daily basis in his COW-BELT states and he is ready to spend 70 times of Tax payers money on welfare of COW than the money he spends on welfare of farmer, women and children. People are taking dead on their shoulder because there is no fund for Government Hospitals to run Ambulance. Funds are diverted to Cow Ambulance. Students are writing exams on floor because no fund for schools to buy furniture. That fund is diverted to Cow Hostels. Dead bodies are being dumped with trash because no fund for mortuaries. Funds are diverted to Cow IDs. What a shame people elect such illiterate tea sellers to PM post. Payback time for Indian's for their own mistake.
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                Johnson Mathew
                Jun 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm
                The Pity state of India. When India has 226 million people live below poverty line the personal ideologies are forced upon the people for psychological satisfaction and to appease the masses for political gain.
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                  Kuldeep Jain
                  Jun 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                  short o f education and ethics is the reason for all these problems , where we are happy to be violent and kill animals for our selfishness .
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                    jackal
                    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                    Oh Jain, by typing on the key board, you have killed millions of poor germs and bacteria. These poor creatures are very small and can neither shout nor bite. Please allow them to feed on your body externally and internally. Do not take bath or walk around . Do not even scratch your itching body. Do not take medicine, or antibiotics or injections. Do not eat any plants as they have life and fee s of pain and seperation. Do not drink any milk other than your biological mother's as cow milk is meant for its calf and comes from the blood of the cow, and milk is as non vegetarian as an egg is. Allow yourself to be diseased, eaten by bacteria, mosquitoes, ants, maggots, rats and so on. Never ever resist as it will injure the poor animals. After all they all have a right to life........ i am a far beyond VEGAN, and will kill anyone who kills even a bacteria.
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