The Kerala Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution asking the Centre to withdraw its notification restricting the sale of cattle for slaughter. The ruling Left Democratic Front as well as opposition United Democratic Front legislators backed the resolution while the lone BJP legislator O Rajagopal opposed it during a special session convened to debate the issue.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan moved the resolution saying that the notification should be immediately withdrawn. He added that it threatens to destroy the state’s agricultural economy, jeopardise its food security and prevents free cattle trade. “This Assembly is requesting the Union government that it should accept the right of the state legislative Assembly to formulate rules and pieces of legislation in state issues.’’
He accused the Centre of trying to implement the the Sangh Parivar’s political agenda. He said, “The notification is impractical in Kerala, where 95 per cent of the population is non-vegetarian. It is clearly an intrusion into the citizens’ choice of food.’’
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