With Karnataka governor nod, cow slaughter ban kicks in | Bengaluru News – Times of India
The anti-cow slaughter bill was passed in the assembly in December
BENGALURU: The controversial cow protection law came into force on Tuesday after governor Vajubhai Vala gave his assent to the state government’s ordinance.
The law bans slaughter of all types of cattle, except buffaloes older than 13 years. People convicted for violating the ban can face rigorous imprisonment of three to seven years and a steep fine. Slaughterhouses, however, will continue to operate and beef consumption is not prohibited.
The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2020, was passed in the assembly during the winter session, but it stalled in the legislative council. This forced the BS Yediyurappa cabinet to push the law through an ordinance, which received the governor’s nod after some reported hesitation. “Normally, the Raj Bhavan is quick in giving assent to bills. On this occasion, it took some time,” said a senior BJP functionary.
Another BJP functionary said that internal pol itics and difference of opinion on the issue was the main reason for the delay. While a large section of BJP members wants a stringent law to protect cows, some suggested lighter curbs and punishment. BJP-governed Goa reportedly mounted pressure as it depends heavily on Karnataka for the supply of beef, the staple food of more than 30 per cent of Goans.
“The governor had sought some clarifications and he gave the assent after we cleared his doubts. There is no pressure from anyone,” said law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy.
The ordinance, he said, could not be promulgated sooner as the legislature session didn’t formally end. After three days of business during the winter session, assembly and council proceedings were adjourned sine die on December 9. The council reconvened on December 15, but was again adjourned sine die. The session was finally prorogued on January 2. “This delayed the governor’s assent,” Madhuswamy added.
Another reason for the delay, according to an official in the Raj Bhavan, was the absence of a full-time secretary to the governor. The Raj Bhavan has not been able to find a replacement for VR Ramesh, who resigned in September 2019. “Decisions are taking time without a full-time secretary and a proper think tank. There is an urgent need for a secretary there,” said BJP MLC Lahar Singh Siroya, echoing the concerns of many other BJP functionaries.