Ravi Shankar Prasad mocks at Pinarayi Vijayan on CMs’ meet on cattle issue

Pinarayi Vijayan has written to his counterparts in other states, appealing them to stand together in opposing the "anti-federal" move of the Centre. Ravi Shankar Prasad said that protection of cow was a "fundamental obligation" of the people of the country.

By: PTI | Kochi | Updated: June 4, 2017 9:57 pm
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Pinarayi Vijayan, Cattle slaughter, Gau raksha, BJP Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI Photo/File)

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday advised Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to “find better causes for a federal unity”, rather than organising a meeting of chief ministers to discuss the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle at animal markets for slaughter.

The senior BJP leader rejected allegations that the NDA government brought the notification to impose restrictions on the eating habits of the people. “It is entirely his (Vijayan’s) call. I can only gently remind him that he can find better causes for a federal unity,” he said in response to a query about the Kerala chief minister’s move. Vijayan has written to his counterparts in other states, appealing them to stand together in opposing the “anti-federal” move of the Centre.

Raking up the issue of “political violence” in Kerala, Prasad said, “When he (Vijayan) calls for a federal unity, he and his party must also allow our workers to work freely in the state. “It is good if he is talking about freedom. But, the BJP-RSS cadres are being attacked in Kerala. How does it gel with the state’s great open culture?,” he wondered, adding that the southern state was always “open to new ideas”.

Reminding Vijayan that Kerala was the first state in the country to elect a Communist government led by EMS Namboodiripad, Prasad said if that reflected the openness of Kerala and its people, then they should also be given the “liberty to experiment” with the BJP. “Whether the party gets acceptance or not is a call of the people,” he added.

The Union Law Minister said protection of cow was a “fundamental obligation” of the people of the country and the Centre’s notification only said that the cattle markets would not be a place for purchasing the animals for slaughter. “It does not say that you can not purchase cattle from a farm. The recognised cattle markets shall not be used for the purpose (slaughtering). There is no restriction as far as eating habits are concerned. I do not buy the logic that slaughtering can be done only by purchasing the cattle from the markets,” he said. Prasad added that conventionally, cattle markets were used for the exchange of bull or oxen for cultivation.”That has been the norm,” he said.

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  1. J
    Jun 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    Thank you Mr BJP You have made me a Communist. I see why communism and the party is a huge deal. When all kept silent, P.vijayan did what other wouldn't do even behind 10 curtains. Way to to go P.Vijayan. If this courage is what Communist party means, then I am a communist.
    1. R
      Jun 5, 2017 at 6:19 am
      It is an effort to impliment the outdated ideas of RSS, if BJP is planing to move with these typè of silly ideas it will not come to power next time
      1. A
        Jun 5, 2017 at 1:37 am
        What makes the BJP ministers believe that only they have any brains.Prasads tel Kerala's CM that he should find better cause for forging opposition unity is uncalled for.Surely the opposition deserves some respect .You cannot belittle their understanding.It is evident to all that this new ban is really to ban eating of beef.The trouble with BJP is that they believe everyone to be illiterate. 1. BJP has encroached upon a state subject.2 They have broken the promise they gave to the north east states regarding eating of beef at the time fighting elections. I don't know who is going to believe you in the future.There are so many basic problems facing this country and all BJP can come up with is to start these internal disruptions.BJP has no focus.They can come up with various slogans but that's all they are. No follow up on these various slogans.Delhin remains dirty with piles of garbage inspite of BJP being in charge of the MCD here and the Swatch Bharat push.
        1. A
          Jun 5, 2017 at 12:10 am
          No need to meet on cattle, for all the cattle are in Modi's cabinet. Sorry, all the donkeys, like the tall fair handsome creation of RSS baby science like Ravi Shankar Prasad.