BJP seeks to drum up support for anti-cattle slaughter bill
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 22:20
Bangalore: The BJP government in Karnataka on Sunday decided to stage a state-wide agitation from September 1 demanding that President Prathibha Patil approves the anti-cattle slaughter Bill.

Briefing reporters after a state office-bearers meeting, party spokesman C T Ravi said demonstrations will be organised in all 224 assembly segments in support of the demand till September five.

"On September 6, a day-long dharna will be held here (to raise the pitch further on the bill)", he said, adding Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, state BJP President K S Eshwarappa and office-bearers of all constituencies would participate in the protest.

"On the bill, we have decided that there is no let up in our resolve," Eshwarappa said.

Opposition parties in Karnataka - Congress and JDS - have expressed strong opposition to the 'Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010,' which was passed by both Houses of the State Legislature.

The bill was forwarded to the President by Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj for her assent.

Ravi also said the party's yuva morcha would take out a "Save Kashmir" yatra from Bidar and another from Kodagu, after September 6, which will culminate in conventions in Dharwad and Mangalore respectively, opposing any autonomy for Kashmir.

The BJP will also organise "Vikasa Yatra" in all assembly segments in October ahead of taluk and zila panchayat polls to highlight the development works undertaken by the two-year-old Yeddyurappa government, he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP's core committee, as also election committee, held discussions to finalise party candidates for the Sept 13 bypoll to Kadur and Gulbara south, where elections were necessitated following the death of sitting members.

BJP held Gulbarga south in Gulbarga district and Congress represented Kadur in Chikmagalur district.

The party is expected to announce its candidates anytime now.

The JDS has already announced the candidature of MLC and party spokesman Y S V Datta for the Kadur bypoll.

In Gulbarga, Union Labour Minister M Mallikarjuna Kharge and former Chief Minister N Dharam Singh, both "Gulbarga strongmen" of Congress, held discussions today on the contest there.

There was speculation about fielding Dharam Singh's son, Ajay Singh from Gulbara South, but there is no official word so far.

August 25 is the last day of filing nominations.


First Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010, 22:20

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