Kerala Assembly To Meet On June 8 To Discuss Centre's Cattle Rules

Options including approaching the Supreme Court and bringing a state law for cattle sale were under consideration, the Kerala government said.

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Kerala Assembly To Meet On June 8 To Discuss Centre's Cattle Rules

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has also written to PM Narendra Modi on the new rule. (File)

Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala cabinet today decided to convene a special one-day assembly session on June 8 to discuss issues connected with the centre's ban on sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for purposes other than agricultural and farm use.

"Government will take a final decision what to further do on the matter on the basis of discussion in the house," Forest and Animal Husbandry Minister K Raju said at a press conference here.

Various options, including approaching the Supreme Court and bringing a law within the limit of the state were under the consideration of the government, he said. "However, a final decision will be taken only after considering the views of members in the house," he said.

The Left Democratic Front government led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala was the first to oppose the notification, holding that "it is an infringement into the state's right and went against federal principles". The minister said that the assembly would also pass a resolution against the centre's decision.

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On reports of tension in Palakkad, bordering neighbouring Tamil Nadu, after some people allegedly blocked transport of cattle to state, Mr Raju said, "The issue has created tension nationwide, not just in Palakkad".

Under the present circumstances, the best way to end the tension over the cattle issue was to freeze or withdraw the centre's notification, Mr Raju added. He said the Kerala government was of the view that the notification would affect the meat and dairy sectors, which employ five lakh people.
 

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