Mamata criticises Centre over its plan to exempt buffaloes from ambit of cattle slaughter order

1 Jun 2017

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today renewed her attack on the Narendra Modi government, claiming that the Centre was now "planning to exempt buffaloes" from the ambit of its notification on cattle slaughter as "certain people close to the BJP" were "involved in the trade of its meat".

"Some people close to the BJP are involved in the buffalo meat trade and that is why, they (Centre) are planning to allow the slaughter of buffaloes," she told a public meeting here. Criticising cow vigilantism, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo claimed that even farmers were killed when found with the animals. "The BJP has got only 29 per cent of the votes, but they are trying to bulldoze the entire people. Who are they to decide what one will eat? Who are they to decide what one will wear? It is a matter of personal choice," she said.

Earlier this week, the chief minister had denounced the Centre's notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter, saying it was a "deliberate attempt to encroach upon the states' rights and destroy the federal structure". Slamming the BJP, the chief minister said: "They brandish swords on the roads (during Ram Navami processions) and try to engineer riots. The BJP is trying to borrow Lord Ram to import a culture which is alien to the people of Bengal. They know nothing about Bengal. They are not real Hindus."