Beef row: DMK’s working President M K Stalin is all set to lead a protest in Tamil Nadu against the central and state government on the cattle slaughter ban on May 31 in Chennai, ANI reported. Stalin, in a tweet, had also said, “India is a federal union and BJP Government should recuse itself from endangering the pluralism by instituting monolithic laws”. Earlier in the day, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras had also followed in Kerala’s footsteps and had organised a beef fest, in a manner of protesting against centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter.
In neighbouring Kerala, it has been reported that the state cabinet will be announcing a date for an all-party meeting, as all the major political fronts in the state were opposing the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter, V.S Sunilkumar, the Agriculture Minister told IANS. Speaking to the media, he said, “This is a question of livelihood for thousands of farmers in the state and has been in practice for ages. We will take up this issue in the cabinet meeting and don’t be surprised if Kerala initiates legal steps against the new law”.
The Communist Party of India(Marxist) is also reported to have organised nearly 300 beef festivals across the state. The beef was cooked and freely served to all those who attended such festivals, IANS reported. Meanwhile, P. Raju, Kerala’s Animal Husbandry Minister was of the opinion that such a law could not come into effect in the state. Speaking to reporters, he said, “This is a ridiculous law. Kerala cannot implement it. We will look into all angles on how to tackle this”.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state secretary K. Surendran, however, claimed that the new law had been misunderstood by other parties. Earlier, in an attempt to protest aggressively against the prohibitory law, some youth Congress leaders had slaughtered an 18-month old calf in public view while chanting slogans against the government. This incident has been criticised by even senior Congress leaders such as Randeep Surjewala.