Thiruvananthapuram, May 29, 2017: Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar said on Monday that with both the main political fronts in Kerala opposing the ban on cattle slaughter, the state cabinet will on Wednesday announce a date for an all-party meeting to discuss the issue.
“This is a question of livelihood for thousands of farmers in the state and has been in practise for ages. We will take up this issue in the cabinet meeting and don’t be surprised if Kerala initiates legal steps against the new law,” he told the media here.
On Saturday, Beef festival was observed in several part of Kerala in protest against the Modi government’s decision to ban on the sale and purchase of all kinds of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.
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.
Forest and Animal Husbandry Minister P. Raju said the new law cannot come into effect in Kerala.
“This is a ridiculous law. Kerala cannot implement it. We will look into all angles on how to tackle this,” Raju said on Monday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be the only party in Kerala which has accepted the central government’s directive on cattle slaughter.
For the Congress, what has come as a dampener was the manner in which their activists in Kannur slashed the head of an ox.
Earlier on Sunday, police had registered a case against Youth Congress workers, whose action has been strongly condemned by party VP Rahul Gandhi.
State Congress President M.M. Hassan told reporters that the state government should call a special session of the assembly to override the central law.
“Today we are observing a black day to protest against the anti-people law of the Centre. But we do not approve of what happened in Kannur. Hence we have suspended them from the party,” said Hassan.