Cow slaughter ban – Don’t need food lessons from Delhi, Nagpur, says Kerala CM

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Press Trust of India, Alappuzha, May 29, 2017

Keralites have been following a traditional food habit, which is healthy and nutritious, Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Intensifying his attack at the Centre over the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said the people in his state do not need a lesson on food habits from New Delhi or Nagpur.

Keralites have been following a traditional food habit, which is healthy and nutritious, and no one can change it, he said at a function here.

“The state government will give all facilities to people to have food of their choice. There is no need for Keralites to learn it from anybody in New Delhi or Nagpur (headquarters of RSS),” Vijayan said.

Minister for local administration KT Jaleel said the state government would consider formulating a new legislation to skirt the ban.The Centre is trying to impose the RSS’s agenda of a uniform culture, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said in Kozhikode.

The agenda of the BJP’s recent Bhuwaneswar party conference was “one nation, one culture and one party and the saffron party is trying to impose it through the cattle ban,” he said

The Union government’s new notification banning the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter is a “fascist and anti-federal move” and the Centre can’t prepare a menu for the people of the country, Kerala’s Left government said on Friday.

“We will not allow the (central) government to enforce fascist policies of the RSS and other fringe outfits. Let it issue many such notifications, we will not follow them,” said Kerala’s agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar.

The Kerala Chief Minister’s Office also criticised the slaughter ban, saying “Cattle slaughter becomes illegal at a time when manslaughter happens in the name of cow”.

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