Kerala CM asks counterparts to stand together against new cattle rules

Angelica Greene
May 30, 2017

The chief minister in his letter, which was shared on his official Facebook page, also pointed out to the prime minister that it will be hard for the vast majority of farmers to "legally procure" draught animals used for agriculture and other domestic purposes.

"The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules were ".nothing but a covert attempt to usurp the powers of State legislatures", he said in a letter.

The Ministry said the livestock markets are meant to become hubs for animal trade for agriculture, while animals for slaughter will have to be bought from farmers at farms.

In the strongly-worded statement, Vijayan said the Centre's actions hurt the concept of "pluralism", which he said is "the essence of our democracy". Until now, the Sangh Parivar has been unleashing attacks in different parts of the country over the issue of cow slaughter. "The [new] ban is also applied to bulls, buffalos and heifers".

In his inaugural address, Vijayan said the new building would provide employment to over 2,500 IT professionals and generate over 7,500 indirect job opportunities.

SFI organised beef fest in more than 200 spots across the state. There must be nation-wide protest against such terrible actions. Once the prohibition comes into force, it will not only deprive them of adequate nutrition, but also prevent the availability of raw material for the leather industry, he added. According to him, the ban will affect the livelihood of lakhs of common people. Calling out Bharatiya Janata Party for promoting RSS agenda, Kerala govt said it would resort to legal methods to revoke the ban.

Pointing that developing Malabar region as a major business hub was the dream project of the government, Vijayan said work on the Kannur International Airport was progressing fast.

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In Kollam district, a group of Congress workers cooked beef in front of the DCC office to register its opposition to the Centre's decision. "I can not react to media reports".

He called for collective resistance to defend the food rights of citizens. Narendra Modi has interfered with people's right to eat. "So is the case with all the other south Indian states and northeast Indian states", Vijayan's letter today said.

Sources indicated the Government would not take any step to implement the new rules floated by the Centre until a "convincing clarification" came.

KT Jaleel, Minister for Local Self-Government, too aired stiff resistance to the Centre's proposal.

Stating that the new rules were "anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular" and "may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country", the Chief Minister asked his counterparts across the country to register their opposition to the move. "The state government will look into it and see if anything can be done legally", Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac told media here.

There was some relief for Keralites as Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who firmly believes that beef should not be banned in the state, stated that the LDF government would take the Centre to court over the order. After that, students at IIT-Madras held a beef festival inside the campus to protest against a central government rule that bans the sale of cows for slaughter at animal markets.

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