Amid din, Karnataka council passes bill against cow slaughter | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Despite numbers stacked against it, the BJP government in Karnataka on Monday finally got the controversial anti-cow slaughter bill passed in the legislative council. The bill, passed by a voice vote amid protests by opposition Congress and JD(S) members, now awaits the governor’s assent.
While piloting the bill, state law and parliamentary affairs minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government is bringing the amendment to protect and preserve the “cattle wealth” of the state and that it has made all necessary arrangements to look after aged cattle.

Congressmen tear up copies of anti-cow slaughter bill
When JDS M MLC Srikantegowda requested the chair to continue the debate tomorrow, newly elected deputy chairman MK Pranesh and ruling BJP opposed it citing election for the council chair is scheduled for Tuesday. This led to an argument, prompting the deputy chairman to take up the bill for passage.
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, was passed even as opposition members rushed to the well of the house demanding division of votes. The deputy chairman did not heed their demand and allowed the passage of the bill. Angry Congress members, including Naseer Ahmed, tore copies of the bill, shouting slogans against BJP. Ahmed is the party’s candidate for the council chairman election on Tuesday.
Pushing the bill in the council, Bommai said, “We have 184 cattle sheds, including private ones, and we will increase the number soon. As per our calculations, the government needs to spend Rs 17.5 per day on each cattle in the shelter. A survey says every year, around 2 lakh aged cattle get slaughtered in the state. We will provide sufficient funds to meet this expenditure in the coming budget.”
Opposing the bill, Congress members said it would destroy the rural economy. “It is being brought to appease certain sections of society while neglecting the grave impact it would leave on farmers who are dependent on cattlerearing for their livelihood,” said MLC BK Hariprasad.

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