The Kerala Assembly today held a special assembly session to discuss the Centre’s ban on cattle trade. The session began by discussing the issue on a critical note, with none other than CM Pinarayi Vijayan accusing the Centre of curtailing the people’s right to eat the food of their choice. He also said that this move will be a setback for farmers and it paves the way for inflation. Senior leader and former Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan minced no words in lambasting BJP throughout his speech in today’s special assembly. He stated, “BJP is formulating new theories on holy cow and holy ox. It is important to address the concerns of our dairy farmers and those who earn their livelihood in the cattle slaughter trade.
The veteran leader also asked BJP’s O. Rajagopal to convey the feelings of the people of Kerala to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he comes to India ‘occasionally.’ Kerala Congress (M) chief K.M. Mani questioned the rationale of holding a special assembly session over this issue, stating that it does not even concern Kerala and that the matter was under the purview of the Kerala High Court.
Earlier, former Defence Minister AK Antony had reacted to the Centre’s move stating, ”The notification belongs in the dustbin and has no value.”
Reacting to the cattle slaughter ban notification earlier, Minister G Sudharakan had stated that the Centre cannot force changes on people who have been leading a certain way of life for ages and that if this is attempted, there will be clashes between communities. He went on to ask, “Is cattle trade the Central government’s business?”
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Across Kerala, there have been widespread protests against the Centre’s cattle slaughter ban, following which Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to consider legal options.