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Group of IIT Madras students hold beef festival protesting central rule

Group of IIT Madras students hold beef festival protesting central rule

Thiravinanthipuram: Expressing strong objection to the new central government ruling that cows and buffaloes sold at animal markets across India can no longer be used for slaughter, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting the move.

Vijayan said in Kerala and in other South Indian and North Eastern states vast majority of people consume meat and sought repeal of the ban.

In his two-page letter to Modi, Vijayan said the new rules should have been introduced in consultation with the states.

"Crores of people in the country are slaughtering animals for food".

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Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan yesterday ordered that the ministry has notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 to ensure that the sale of cattle is not meant for slaughter purposes.

Chief Minister Vijayan said he would be sending a letter to the Prime Minister this evening. "The [new] ban is also applied to bulls, buffalos and heifers".

"The Centre can not infringe on the rights of people, who have the freedom to decide on what they want to eat and what they do not".

After the Centre announced strict rules prohibiting sale of animals for slaughter or religious sacrifice at livestock markets and animal fairs, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) earlier in the day stated that by issuing this order, the government is imposing greater burdens on farmers.

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Opposition Congress-led UDF, meanwhile, made a decision to observe tomorrow as a "black day" against the ban. According to the Hindustan Times, Abhinav Surya, a final year student said "It is a democratic right of ours to have a choice of food". West Bengal Beef Dealers Association also voiced opposition to the notification and said PM Modi's "diktat" would not be obeyed in Bengal.

Several ministers in the Kerala cabinet also openly criticised the new rules. He also said the Centre is implementing the agenda of the RSS, adding that his government will act after studying its legal aspects.

CPI (M)'s feeder outfits DYFI and SFI cooked and served beef delicacies in front of the State Secretariat and University College in Thiruvananthapuram respectively as part of the beef fest they organised to protest the Central notification. He recommended that Centre should first take states into confidence before announcing decisions that impact the people of different states. K Surendran, general secretary of the State BJP, accused the LDF and UDF of trying to stir up tension.

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