BJP's Goa ally calls for complete ban on cow slaughter in the state

BJP ally in Goa, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), has sought a complete ban on cow slaughter.

The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), a part of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, has sought a complete ban on cow slaughter in the state.

"As a party we support total ban on cow slaughter in Goa. There should not be any cow slaughter activity in the state," MGP leader and Goa minister Sudin Dhavalikar said.

A few days ago, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat while condemning violence in the name of cow slaughter asked for a pan-India law to ban the activity. "We want a law banning cow slaughter across the country," Mohan Bhaghwat said.

COW IS LIKE OUR MOTHER

Reacting to Mohan Bhagwat's statement, MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar said, "Our stand has always been against killing (of) cows, who symbolise mother(s) in our culture".

"If the new government wants to do something good, they should first shut down the Goa Meat Complex," Sudin Dhavalikar said.

TOUGH LAWS ON COW SLAUGHTER

Cow smuggling has been banned in Uttar Pradesh soon after Yogi Adityanath took charge as the chief minister. The Uttar Pradesh government is also cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses.

In BJP-ruled Gujarat, which is set to go to elections this year-end, the state Assembly amended the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act to make cow slaughter a non-bailable offence with a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Those in possession of beef will be fined Rs 1-Rs 5 lakh with seven to 10 years in jail.

IS EVERYONE ON SAME PAGE?

At the meeting of NDA allies in New Delhi on Monday, BJP ally from Kerala, C K Jaanu had said that the government must focus on delivery of benefits of its social schemes for Dalits, tribals and the downtrodden and not on "raising controversial issues like beef", The Indian Express had reported.

The Indian Express d Kerala Congress (T) leader P C Thomas as saying that no government can ban cow slaughter just because it is part of the Directive Principles in the Constitution. He said Constitution has left the matter to states who would be "more sensitive to interests and traditions of communities".

According to the Indian Express report, leaders of North-East parties wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to consider "the sensitivity of ethnic communities" while drafting policies.

(with inputs from PTI)

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