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Kerala Assembly to Hold Special Session to Discuss Centre's Cattle Notification

Kerala Assembly will hold a special session on June 8 to discuss Centre's notification on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.

Neethu Reghukumar | CNN-News18

Updated:June 2, 2017, 12:24 PM IST
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Kerala Assembly to Hold Special Session to Discuss Centre's Cattle Notification
File photo of Kerela CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Assembly will hold a special session on June 8 to discuss Centre's notification on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets.

The decision on the daylong assembly session was taken by the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet after a meeting on Friday morning.

The daylong session is likely to see a resolution passed against the new central law on cattle trade. However, it would not get unanimously cleared as the lone BJP legislator O. Rajagopal was certain to oppose it.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijayan, who is determined to convene a meeting of all chief ministers in the country, will take up this aspect with the central leadership of his party when he arrives in Delhi on June 5.

Vijayan will be in the national capital to take part in the two-day politburo meeting of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on June 6 and 7.

Kerala has witnessed several protests, beef festivals, opposing what many call a "blanket ban" on cattle sale.

Vijayan, who dubbed the notification as an encroachment on the rights of the state, democracy and federalism, had said it was an overreach by the Centre and the state will challenge it legally without allowing a ban on beef through such backdoor policies.

"LDF has an uncompromising stand on this issue. We will not compromise on this matter at any stage.The livelihood of thousands of people will be lost. What right does a government have to say that you cannot have a particular food? They are trying to impose their idea which is not good in a democratic country. RSS is taking the country in a dangerous direction,” Pinarayi Vijayan had said.

Vijayan, in a letter to the Prime Minister, urged him to repeal the newly imposed restrictions, so that the lives and livelihoods of millions of our fellow countrymen were protected, thereby also guarding the Fundamental principles of our constitution.

(With IANS inputs)

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