While most leaders across Congress and CPM in Kerala have strongly criticised the Centre’s move to ban cattle slaughter, SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan struck a different stance altogether. Natesan has come out in open support of the slaughter ban by the Central government. “Freedom to drink or eat doesn’t mean one can do anything. There are some limitations on all freedom that is enjoyed by citizens and this is for their own well being. If you take the argument about freedom to eat, just because one wants to drink spirit, the law of the land doesn’t permit people to brew spirit in their own homes, there are strict regulations in place for a reason,” SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan told reporters.
SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan praised the Central government’s move to ban cattle slaughter and went on to point out that there are no quality slaughter houses in Kerala. Political reactions from other parties such as Congress and CPM were strongly worded.
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CM Pinarayi Vijayan took to Facebook to convey his disappointment with the Centre for not taking states into confidence before going ahead to announce this. He chided the Centre for not adhering to the spirit of federalism and for making this announcement a day before Ramadan was to be observed, which in his view, is an attempt to destroy the secular fabric of the society.
AK Antony, former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader, said that the notification by the Central government should be thrown into the waste basket as it has no value and is ”mad” decision. K Muraleedharan, senior Congress leader and son of former Kerala CM K Karunakaran told reporters,”RSS agenda of entering our kitchens shall not be encouraged in Kerala. Such an agenda will not be entertained in our state.”