The Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill-2010, which has already been adopted by the Legislative Assembly, was tabled in the Council on Thursday amid resentment by the Opposition. The efforts by the Opposition members to stall the Bill in the initial stage itself did not heed results owing to lack of majority.
The Bill was taken up for consideration after a head count showed that those supporting the Bill outnumbered those opposing it. The Opposition's demand for referring the Bill to a “select committee” of the House too was rejected by a “voice vote” by the members of the House.
Soon after Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik Belamagi tabled the Bill which seeks to prohibit slaughter of cow, bull and buffalo (both he and she buffaloes), Opposition Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) members opposed initiating any further process in support of the Bill. Following this, Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy called for voice vote to test if those demanding withdrawal of the Bill had majority. But the Opposition members insisted on having a “division” (physical counting of heads).
But they could not garner the required support as only 23 members opposed the move to take up the Bill for consideration while 27 members supported the Bill. Soon after this, the Opposition members' demand for referring the Bill to a select committee too was rejected as they could not get majority in voice vote.
This resulted in the Council Chairman giving the green signal for allowing a discussion on the Bill from Monday.
The Opposition members termed the Bill as “anti-farmer” and “anti-poor.” Leader of the Opposition Motamma remarked: “Let the people of the State know that you have more love towards cattle than people.”