Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party Government's attempt to impose total ban on cattle slaughter will backfire as the courts have already struck down such attempts made earlier in a few other States, said B. Janardhana Poojary, former Union Minster and former president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

Speaking to presspersons in Bangalore on Wednesday, he said that the courts have upheld ban on slaughter of cattle giving milk and had the potential to give milk while allowing practice of farmers selling their aged cattle not yielding milk to slaughter houses.

Mr. Poojary said that the courts had pointed out that complete ban on cow slaughter would increase the burden on farmers in terms of expenses on maintaining the old cattle till their death.

“It is not as if Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa is not aware of the court verdicts but it is their vote-bank politics through which they want to appease some people without a strong ground. The Chief Minister is aware that such a law will be struck down by the court,” said Mr. Poojary.

Given a chance, the BJP Government would also ban fishing and eating fish based on the belief of “Mathsyavatara” (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), he ridiculed.

Meanwhile, Union Law and Justice Minister M. Veerappa Moily refused to comment on the merits of the proposed enactment.

He only said that any legislation should not come as a communal agenda.