Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Monday slammed JDS supremo H D Devegowda and the Congress for opposing the Bill banning cow slaughter and expressed confidence in getting President Pratibha Patil’s approval on the issue.
“It was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi to ban cow slaughter. It is already in force in seven-eight States.
Supreme Court has also upheld (ban on cow-slaughter)”, he told reporters here.
“The minorities are not opposed to the ban on cow slaugther”, he said.
Mr. Yeddyurappa alleged Mr. Devegowda and the Congress were opposing the Bill only to “please minorities” and flayed them for going against the “beliefs” of the majority Hindus.
He said he has explained to the President about the bill and was confident that she will give her assent.
On Congress’ recent ‘Bellary Chalo’ Padayatra over illegal mining and the public meeting held in the mine-rich town, Mr. Yeddyurappa said sarcastically that the Congress high-command was happy with State leaders “for coming out of slumber”.
“The fight for Congress leadership (in Karnataka) has begun; I only hope that Mr. Siddaramaiah (Leader of Opposition in the Assembly) does not face problems (in terms of challenge to his leadership),” he said.