Siddarmaiah said the sale of cattle for slaughter is a state subject.

Not binding on state Ktaka CM Siddaramaiah dismisses Centres rules on cattle slaughter
news Cattle slaughter Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 18:46

Opposition to the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets appears to be growing with Karnataka Chief Minsiter Siddaramaiah expressing dissent at the new rules.

Speaking during the inauguration inauguration of a medical facility in Kalaburgi on Saturday, the Congress leader said the Environment Ministry’s gazette notification is not binding on the state.

“It is not binding on the state to implement the Centre’s curbs on sale of cattle for slaughter as it is a state subject,” The New Indian Express quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.

However, the CM said that the state would respond only after examining the newly notified rules.

The state’s law minister TB Jayachandra also opposed the move.

Jayachandra said that restrictions should be placed in coherence with the views of Mahatma Gandhi instead of targeting a particular community, The Hindu reported.

Another minister of the Congress government, Vinay Kulkarni holding portfolios of Mines and Geology said, ““Those who enjoy savouring ‘tuppa’ (clear butter) should first learn to clean up the dung, then only they will know the real problems of rearing cattle.” 

Incidentally, when the Siddaramaiah government came to power in 2013, it reversed the earlier BJP government’s amendment to the 1964 Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation. The BJP government had passed a bill in both house of legislature imposing stringent conditions on cattle slaughter. However, it failed to get the President’s nod.  

Siddaramaiah isn’t the first CM to voice his opposition to the new notifications. On Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to Prime Minister urging him to repeal the Centre’s new notification.

Read: Repeal the new order on cattle slaughter: Kerala CM writes to PM

The Centre on Friday notified new rules with regard to the buying and selling of cattle, and has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets. Called the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2016, the new rules have been formulated under the PCA Act of 1960.

 

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