Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will be taking up the decision of reviewing the stringent anti-cow slaughter law in a cabinet meeting. The Chief Minister’s statement on seeking a review of the act met with fierce criticism and widespread protest.
K. Venkatesh, Karnataka’s Animal Husbandry Minister triggered a row when he said that “if buffaloes can be slaughtered, why not cows?”
“The previous BJP government had brought in a bill. In that, they have allowed the slaughter of buffaloes, but have said cow slaughter should not be done. We will discuss it and decide,” he said while addressing the media.
Clarifying the stance of his minister, Siddaramaiah stated that there was a lack of clarity in the law brought in by the previous BJP government, and they will discuss the same in a cabinet meeting. “We will discuss it in the Cabinet. We have not decided anything yet,” said the Chief Minister.
“There’s no good reason for Congress to repeal the cow slaughter bill. Congress is going against the sentiment of Hindus. They are trying to disturb the communal harmony. They want peace,” said BJP MLA Ashwath Narayan.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai criticised Venkatesh’s statement and asked the chief minister to give “appropriate advice” to his minister.
“Animal Husbandry Minister K Venkatesh’s statement is shocking. We condemn his statement. We Indians have an emotional connection with the cow and worship them as mothers,” Mr Bommai said.