Thiruvananthapuram, May 28, 2017: Protesting against the Modi government’s decision to ban on the sale and purchase of all kinds of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, in several parts of Kerala beef festival was observed on Saturday.
Workers of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led LDF, the Congress-headed UDF and their youth wings took out marches and organised such fests across Kerala, where beef is widely prepared on roadsides and consumed.
They staged their protests outside the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
Democratic Youth Federation of India national chief Mohammed Riyaz, who headed the protest, said: “We will eat beef to show our protest against the Central government. We want to tell this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Showing strong objection to the new central government ruling, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the centre’s decision is an intrusion of rights of states and that the “new rule is against principles of secularism and federalism in our country.”
However, the ban was welcomed by animal protection bodies and organisations running cow shelters.
The ban is likely to impact the export and leather industry. The new notification comes on the back of demands from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the Centre to issue a law banning cow slaughter across the country.