Karnataka BJP’s anti-cow slaughter bill withdrawn

published on December 22, 2014

BELAGAVI (Karnataka) : The Congress government fulfilled one of the assurances it had made during the assembly polls in 2013 — withdraw the bill banning cow slaughter that was introduced by the BJP during its tenure.

Amid dharna and slogan shouting by the BJP in the well of the House, the assembly passed the bill which seeks to withdraw the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Protection Bill, 2010. This bill had been passed during the BJP regime, which banned slaughter of cattle and imposed stringent punishment for violations. The Congress, which was in the opposition benches then, had opposed it following which then governor H R Bhardwaj had sent the legislation to the President.

The President had sought clarifications and later approved the bill. The legislation, incorporating all amendments sought by the President, had not been tabled in the legislature after the Congress came to power.

Members of Cow, Cattle protection force(CPF) and All Religions Parliament (ARP) took out rally from Town hall to Rajbhavan to protest against slaughtering of Cow Progeny and Cattle in Bangalore.

Withdrawal of the bill means restoration of the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964, that governs the slaughter of cattle in the state. The 1964 act restricts slaughter of cows, calf and she-buffaloes. It allows slaughter of bulls, bullocks and buffaloes if they are aged above 12 or if they are no longer fit for breeding or draught or do not give milk.

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