BJP Govt withdraws bill banning cow slaughter

Bangalore: BJP Government in Karnataka on Wednesday suo motu withdrew the controversial Karnataka Cow Slaughter Prevention and Livestock Protection (amendment) Bill 2009 in the wake of criticism against ban on cow slaughter.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Revunaik Bilamagi, who moved a motion in the assembly seeking to withdraw the bill, however, did not specify what prompted them to take the action even after Opposition Congress members, including its leader Siddaramaiah and Deputy Leader T B Jayachandra sought to know the reason.

Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S Suresh Kumar and Speaker K G Bopaiah said rule 107 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct in Business provides powers to the government to withdraw any bill.

Siddaramaiah and others said the government should not re-introduce the bill at a later period.

He charged that the government was withdrawing the bill with an eye on the coming Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palika (city corporation) polls.