Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seems to be determined to challenge the Centre’s latest order with regard to cow slaughter banning sales of cows for slaughter at market places. He said that he will call for a meeting of all the Chief Ministers, asserting that the Union Government does not have the right to issue such an order.
“The Union Government does not have the right to issue this order. This is the state’s matter and regulations have no legal validity,” Vijayan said adding that the legal sanctity of the new amendment lacks constitutional validity.
He alleged that there are a number of clauses which are violating the state’s basic rights. There are certain norms that the animal marketing committee has to look into. For example, the owner and buyer have to maintain a certificate which is not feasible and thereby we have decided to question the law in the court of law. He further announced that they will discuss the issue with opposition party leaders and summon a special assembly to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, hours after the Kerala Government opposed the order notice issued by the Central Environment Ministry in controlling the sale of cattle, the state High Court today backed the Centre’s decision. The High Court observed that there is no ban on cattle slaughter or consuming meat but the bill only bans large-scale sale of cattle through big markets.