Bangalore: Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
on Monday said BJP government is committed to ban cow slaughter in
the state despite a bill in this regard being returned by
President Pratibha Patil, suggesting certain amendments.
"The bill has been returned by the President suggesting
certain amendments, but the government is committed to ban cow
slaughter in the state," he said at Siddaganga Mutt to mark
Shivakumara Swami`s 105th birth anniversary in Tumkur, nearly
80 kms away from here.
The amendments would be incorporated in the bill and be
reintroduced in the next state legislative session, he said.
"The bill will be sent for Governor HR Bhardwaj`s assent
after passing it in both houses of the legislature," he added.
In July 2011, the Governor had reserved the bill for the
President’s consideration. He had then said it infringes on the
fundamental rights of citizens and is against Apex Court
Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader H Deve Gowda had
objected to the bill, alleging that it was passed in the house
without following `democratic norms`.
He also said government has taken steps to meet the demand
to set up a Cow Welfare Commission."Necessary provision will
be made in the next budget presentation in March," he said.
Gowda also announced a three crore grant for construction
of Kotilingeswhara Temple to be built at a cost of Rs 12