Amidst several protests and demonstrations that are taking place in the country demanding cow protection and beef ban, Bharatsinh Solanki, the Gujarat Congress Party president has the demanded a national animal status for cow along with a nationwide ban on its slaughter during an event in Rajkot. According to Solanki, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) should declare cow as the national animal. He said, “Not only we urge the BJP (government at the Centre) to implement a cow slaughter ban across the country, but also declare cow as the national animal for its protection,” as quoted in an Indian Express report.
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While talking about the seriousness with which the Congress party is working towards the issue, he requested the center to implement a law towards the protection of cow, Solanki further talked about the importance of cow. He said, “Cow is like mother to all of us, we worship the cow. Our culture worships the cow. The first-ever law against cow slaughter was brought in force by Chhabildas Mehta when he was the Congress CM of Gujarat in 1995. The party also suspended those involved in the recent Kerala calf killing incident. We demand the strictest action against those indulging in cow slaughter.”
He then went out to attack some Bharatiya Janata Party members over their support of beef consumption, he said, “The two-faced BJP is accusing Congress of disrespecting the cow when its own minister Kiren Rijiju is saying that no one can stop him (from eating beef). BJP’s candidate (for Malappuram by-poll in Kerala) N Sriprakash had said that ‘vote for me and I will give you cheap and good beef’. Ram Madhav says that beef eating is a lifestyle.”