BJP seeks to drum up support for anti-cattle slaughter bill

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.

PTI



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

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