Gujarat cow slaughter ban: BJP organises ‘gau pujans’ to celebrate amendment in Bill

Surabhi Shaurya
Ummar was shot dead on Friday morning while he was transporting cattle in a pickup and his body was found near the railway tracks. His family has alleged that cow vigilantes are behind his murder.

New Delhi: Days after the Gujarat Assembly amended the cow protection law and enacted life term for those found involved in cow-slaughtering, the Maldhari community belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), assembled at different places in Gujarat and celebrated the passage of the bill. BJP leaders organised ‘Gau pujan’ in Gandhinagar. Talking to leading daily The Indian Express, state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said,”They fed them sukhdi, gur and lapsi. They also burst crackers at many places.”

To express their gratitude to the government, 200 members of the Maldhari community gathered in Ahmedabad’s Khanpur and raised slogans. Wearing traditional Maldhari attire and carrying a small statue of a pair of cow and calf, a few municipal councillors danced at the venue, claims report in the daily. (Also Read: Life imprisonment for cow slaughter: Gujarat Assembly amends law)

Apart from religious leaders, the cow worship event was attended by State BJP president Jitu Vaghani, organising general secretary Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Gandhinagar MLA Ashok Patel and office-bearers of the city and district party organisation.

 

Under the newly amended law, the people found involved in the transportation of beef and other related crimes will be penalised with Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs 5,00,000 fine. Till now, the minimum term was three years and the maximum jail term for possession was seven years. The penalty was Rs 50,000.On the other hand, after the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh earlier this month, the government began cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and meat shops. The newly-appointed CM Yogi Adityanath had also ordered a blanket ban on smuggling of cows and said zero tolerance would be exercised in this regard.