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India: The sacred cow controversy: BJP for law against cattle slaughter in all States

Monday 16 March 2015, by siawi3

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bjp-for-law-against-cattle-slaughter-in-all-states/article6996349.ece

March 16, 2015

Jatin Gandhi

BJP for law against cattle slaughter in all States, but will not push for Central legislation
The Bharatiya Janata Party will press for stronger anti-cattle slaughter laws in all States and actively pursue the legislative route in the States ruled by it. After Haryana, Rajasthan is likely to table a bill on cattle slaughter, party sources said.
“The party’s manifesto in Bihar will also promise a legislation banning cattle slaughter if the BJP comes to power,†Mayankeshwar Singh, national convenor of the BJP’s Cow Development Cell, told The Hindu. Mr. Singh led a delegation to the Prime Minister in August 2014 seeking a Central legislation.
A senior BJP leader said while the party was committed to a complete ban on cow slaughter, it would not push for a Central legislation. “Even though the Constitution calls for it, the ban remains a contentious issue. It is a sensitive matter and we are in favour of building a consensus,†a party vice-president said.
He added that the party remained wary after the BJP’s 13-day government in 1996 avowed to bring a legislation and faced political isolation.