Mamata Banerjee calls ban on sale of cattle for slaughter unconstitutional

Centre can't decide what we eat we won't abide by it Mamata on govt's cattle directive

Centre can't decide what we eat we won't abide by it Mamata on govt's cattle directive

Training her guns on the Centre for banning the sale of cattle for slaughter across the country's livestock markets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that the decision was unconstitutional.

"It is a deliberate attempt to encroach on the state's powers".

Another state that joined the bandwagon against the Centre's move is Telangana.

"Unless and until the state government bans it, how can we do it (stop using red beacon)", Biswas told the media in Siliguri. If that happens, it would be a partial victory for the states that have taken on the Centre. So do markets and fairs and also trade and commerce.

Vijayan said it was nothing but a "covert attempt to usurp the powers of state legislatures" in the guise of rules under a Central Act.Beef Fests' were held in various parts of Kerala on Saturday to protest the Centre's decision of banning sale and purchase of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

She further criticised the Centre for neither discussing the matter with State governments nor giving them any time to figure out an alternative to the red beacon. A government should not exceed its brief, endangering democracy and secularism. "Therefore, we have chose to have one", the chief minister said.

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Raising the pitch on the issue, opposition parties urged the AIADMK government to enact a law against the ban.

Taking on the BJP-led Central government, BSP supremo Mayawati said attacks against Dalits and Muslims had increased during the Narendra Modi regime. "The decision has affected the village economy. She should have also gone to Delhi before the budget session to ask for better budgetary allocations for the state but she hasn't", he claimed.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi too condemned the public slaughter of the calf in Kerala, terming it "barbaric". If needed, legislation will be passed declaring that the Union government's notification will not be implemented, he said. "So, we are not bound to follow the instructions of others".

Pointing at the trend of students leaving the state for higher studies in the technical field, Chatterjee said, "We want our talent to remain in the state.Technologically our state has made a lot of advances. We have to see if the new regulation conforms to the 1960 law", said T B Jayachandra, Karnataka's law minister.

The notification mentioned that every year, the transport department of the state or union territory administration, as the case may be, shall issue a public notice bringing to the notice of the general public the list of authorities to whom the permission to use the vehicles specified.

"It is the BJP and its associates that are trying to do this". "Cow protection is BJP's new method to create trouble in society".