A day after Congress released its manifesto for the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, which had many commitments towards cow protection, a BJP MLA on Sunday said the promises exposed the hypocrisy of the party for the sake of votes. Madhya Pradesh MLA Rameshwar Sharma said while on one hand, Congress workers killed a cow in Kerala, they were now acting like cow worshippers when elections are around the corner.
“Now butchers are dreaming about cows just for the sake of votes. It is hypocritical that Congress workers kill a cow on camera in Kerala while here Congress acts like cow worshippers,” ANI quoted Sharma as saying.
The MLA was referring to an incident last year in Kerala’s Kannur town, where a group of Youth Congress leaders reportedly slaughtered a calf in public and distributed its cooked meat at beef festivals.
The incident, which was held in protest against the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, created an uproar and eight Youth Congress activists were arrested.
The Congress manifesto for Madhya Pradesh, released by state Congress President Kamal Nath and MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh, has promised to build gaushalas in every panchayat and start commercial production of gau mutra (cow urine). The party has also promised to build many more cow sanctuaries and provide grants for their upkeep and maintenance.
The manifesto also pledges to amend controversial provisions of the anti-cow slaughter Act. “The cow is a sacred animal for us. We can’t encourage slaughter at any cost but legal transportation must be allowed for agriculture purpose because the livelihood of many depends on it,’’ Singh said.