Patna: Latching on to the RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's controversial remarks that the 'Hindus too eat beef', senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Monday promised to frame a legislation to ban cow slaughter in the state if NDA comes to power in Bihar Assembly elections.
"The forthcoming Assembly polls in Bihar is going to be a direct contest between those who justify beef eating and those seeking effective ban on cow slaughter....We, on our part, promise to frame an effective legislation to totally ban cow slaughter in the state if the NDA comes to power," he said in a statement.
Such a stringent law banning cow slaughter in Bihar would be framed in line of legislations in place in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Gujarat among others, Sushil Modi said, adding that though Bihar had a law banning slaughter of cows below 14 years of age, the same had not been effectively implemented by successive governments.
In Bihar, cows of tender age were being slaughtered despite having legislation against it, he claimed, adding that the NDA government would prevent cow slaughter and take steps for protection of the sacred animal in order to ensure that those rearing cows become prosperous.
The senior BJP leader claimed that thousands of animals used to be brought to Sonepur fair by trains from across the country and transported to Assam and other North-East states before being transported across the border for slaughter, which Sushil Modi said, he had banned when he was a minister.
The NDA government at the Centre has also saved lives of lakhs of cows by preventing smuggling of animals to neighbouring country, the former deputy chief minister said.
He expressed dismay at the RJD supremo sticking to his remarks that the 'Hindus too eat beef' and questioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's stony silence on Prasad's controversial remarks.
In an apparent bid to drag the chief minister in the raging controversy over the RJD supremo's remarks, the senior BJP leader claimed that Kumar had insulted crores of Hindus by keeping mum on the issue.