A month after the BJP government came to power in the state it is discussing bringing back the 2010 anti-cow slaughter bill, which imposed a blanket ban on slaughter and sale of cattle.
Gow Samrakshana Prakoshta, the party’s cow protection cell in Karnataka on Thursday wrote to Chief Minister Yediyurappa requesting stringent legislation against cattle slaughter, stating that this was part of the manifesto of the party.
In 2010, the Yediyurappa-led BJP had passed a bill that placed a blanket ban on cattle slaughter, which was later overturned by the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in 2013, calling the legislation draconian, unconstitutional and against secularism.
At present, a 1964 Act partially banning cow slaughter is in place in Karnataka. The Act allows for the slaughter of non-milch and diseased cattle.
“No decision has been taken but we are discussing a petition made by the BJP Cow Protection Cell,” Karnataka Minister for Tourism and Kannada and Culture CT Ravi was quoted as saying.