1. Cattle sale rules row: CPI (M) slams Centre’s move again, calls it ‘unconstitutional’

Cattle sale rules row: CPI (M) slams Centre’s move again, calls it ‘unconstitutional’

The CPI (M) today once again slammed the Centre move to ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at cattle markets. Speaking to ANI, CPI(M)'s Tripura unit said the decision of the Narendra Modi government was 'unconstitutional'.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 31, 2017 5:45 PM
CPI (M), Ban on cattle sale for slaughter, Jitendra Choudhury, Tripura ‘Unconstitutional and violates federal structure.We are multi cultural andmulti religious, CPI (M) leader Jitendra Choudhury says. (ANI)

The CPI (M) today once again slammed the Centre move to ban the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at cattle markets. Speaking to ANI, CPI(M)’s Tripura unit said the decision of the Narendra Modi government was “unconstitutional”. Party MP Jitendra Choudhury, while speaking to the agency said the move is “unconstitutional and it violates federal structure.We are multi-cultural and multi religious.”

Earlier in the day, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan once again said the state government will challenge the NDA government’s decision to ban sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets in court, an IE report said.

A state Cabinet meeting in Kerala will also be called tomorrow to discuss the steps to be taken to oppose the Centre’s rules. The state government is also planning to convene a special Assembly session to discuss on the way forward with other parties. The Kerala CM has also appealed to his counterparts in other states to object to the “covert attempt to usurp the powers of the state legislature in the guise of rules under a Central Act, ” the report said.

“Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move, it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal, democratic fabric and secular culture of our country. I would, therefore, fervently appeal to you to convey your objection to the 2017 Rules under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, to the Prime Minister and to request him to withdraw the Rules introduced without any consultation with the states,” Vijayan stated in a letter to all CMs.

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The Madras High Court had yesterday issued a four-week stay on the NDA government’s notification. The bench consisting of Justices MV Muralidharan and CV Karthikeyan has issued an interim order on separate petitions filed by Asik Elahi Baba and S Selvagomathi.

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