Speaking to mediapersons here, Joshi said the Cabinet has withdrawn the anti-cow slaughter Bill passed by the previous BJP government. “Cow is considered as God in the country. Besides, there is a need to preserve cows for the sake of the farming community.
Realising the importance of it, our government had passed a bill in 2010 to replace the 1964 Act and sent it to the President for his assent. The Centre had raised a lot of objections. So, the BJP government had passed an amendment bill in 2012 and sent it to the Governor.
“The Bill was pending before the President and the Governor respectively for their approval. But, the Siddaramaiah government has withdrawn the Bill for no valid reason. The government’s move is the best example of vindictive politics.”
He said the government has withdrawn nominations to the syndicates of Mysore and Bangalore Universities and has abolished the management committees of 41 ‘A’ grade temples across the State without no reason. “We demand the government to reconsider its stand on these issues at the earliest. If this is not done, the BJP would stage a protest in all district headquarters on August 28.”
Referring to the reported statement of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah recently that the government would set up a committee headed by a retired judge of the High Court to ensure a free and fair trial of scores of innocent Muslim youth jailed across the State, he accused the Congress of trying to appease Muslims for political gains.
Leader of the Opposition in the Council, D V Sadananda Gowda said on Sunday that the State government should announce a special package to help farmers affected by the floods.
Gowda was addressing a press conference at the BJP office in the city, after a consultative meeting on the loss of arecanut, paddy, maize and ginger crops in Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts.
He said 80 per cent of the arecanut crops had been affected by disease due to heavy rain. The former chief minister said that the government was yet to realise the gravity of the situation and that farmers were resorting to suicide as a result. He said the government must come to the rescue of the farmers at the earliest.
Gowda said that the compensation given by the government to farmers was not sufficient
and that it should announce a special package soon. The affected farmers should be given compensation by September 5, failing which the BJP would launch a statewide agitation, the senior BJP leader said.
State BJP president Pralhad Joshi said a delegation of party MPs would meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the issue of compensation to farmers.