Former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony reacted strongly to the Centre’s cattle slaughter ban. The notification should be torn to pieces and then thrown into the waste basket – this is what AK Antony said. “The Centre is trying to force the RSS agenda in our state. Throw the notification into a waste bin,” AK Antony told reporters. AK Antony further said that the Modi government is defying all laws in the country, as per a report in Kaumudy online. A similar reaction came from K Muralidharan, senior Congress leader, who also stated that the attempt of RSS to push their agenda and interfere in ”our kitchens” will not be allowed.
Earlier, CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi on the matter. He conveyed on Facebook that the Centre should respect the spirit of federalism as it is envisaged in the Constitution. He pointed out that Dalits and economically weakest sections of the society will be affected by the decision and that before announcing, the Centre should have reached out to the states first. According to the latest reports, Kerala government is mulling legal options regarding the cattle slaughter ban.
Minister G Sudharakaran expressed concern about the cattle slaughter ban, saying, “If you try to force these changes on people who have been living their way of life for ages, this will pave the way for violent clashes in the country. Is cattle trade the central government’s business?”
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However, SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan came out in open support of the slaughter ban, saying that freedom is always subject to limitations. He praised the the Central government for this move. “Freedom to drink or eat doesn’t mean one can do anything. The law of the land does not let people brew spirit in their own homes. Why? Freedom is subject to limitation,” SNDP general secretary Vellapally Natesan told reporters.
Widespread protests against the Centre’s cattle slaughter ban are continuing in Kerala, where beef fests were being held as a form of protest. However, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to approach the Centre and is reportedly considering legal options.