Cattle slaughter ban row: DMK Working President M K Stalin has flayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi even as the political row over the central government’s notification on cattle trade escalated further. In a no-holds-barred attack, Stalin said that under PM Modi’s tenure, states have been reduced to the stature of civic bodies, according to Indian Express report. The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly also alleged that under PM Modi government, Chief Ministers are being treated like municipality leaders and freedom is being taken away by the BJP government at the Centre, the report says. Stalin vented out his anger while leading a DMK protest in Chennai against the ban.
He also sent out a warning saying, another Marina revolution on the lines of pro-Jallikattu stir will take place if the notification is not withdrawn. Stalin claimed that the notification was to cover up the central government’s three years of non-performance. He also took a dig at PM Modi, saying none of the promises made prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls have been fulfilled. Stalin claimed that a situation has come up where we should eat only what PM Modi desires. Civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution are being snatched, he alleged.
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Stalin yesterday also met the IIT-Madras PhD scholar who was attacked allegedly by some students protesting against a beef fest held on the campus. R Sooraj was injured in his right eye when he was attacked allegedly by some students for attending the ‘beef fest’ on Sunday.
Lashing out at the central government, stalin wondered if the central government had “deposited at least Rs 15 if not Rs 15 lakh” in the bank account of each citizen as promised by Modi in 2014 under his efforts to retrieve the black money stashed in foreign havens.
Stalin also questioned why Palaniswami had not responded although his chief ministers in Kerala and West Bengal have opposed the ban on sale of cattle for slaughter. Palaniswami had on May 27 said he would comment on the Centre’s ban on cattle sale after going through the notification. Questioning the time of the ban, Stalin said that it came amidst various difficulties being faced by the farmers in the country, especially in the drought-hit Tamil Nadu.