Following the Central government’s ban on cattle slaughter, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan first took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the development and he stated that he has sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the same.
In his Facebook post, he conveyed that the Centre should foster the spirit of the federalism as envisaged in the Constitution and that a move like this is a violation of the spirit of federalism. He recommended that Centre should first take states into confidence before announcing decisions that impact the people of different states. Across the country, Dalits and economically weakest sections of the society rely on meat as a major portion of their daily diet, he pointed out.
He cited the constitutional provisions that safeguard and strengthen the spirit of federalism in India. That such a notification has been brought a day before Ramadan is an attempt to destroy the secular fabric of the society, Pinarayi Vijayan said in his Facebook post.
Later, using strong words to hit out at the Centre, CM Pinarayi Vijayan stated, “Those in Delhi or Nagpur need not try to control the food habits of Malayalis in Kerala.” He further added that the food preferences of Malayalis cannot be changed by anyone. His statements pertained to the Centre’s ban on sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter.
“Kerala will take a stern stand against the Central government’s decision,” Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told reporters. He said that the state government will convene an all-party meet and take a decision on the measures and legal options to oppose the Central government’s order.
Reacting to the development, former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony told reporters, “The Modi government cannot decide what people should eat. The notification should be torn to pieces and thrown into the waste basket. It holds no value for us.”