'I'm against slaughter of animals', says minister Venkatesh after controversy

Bengaluru, Jun 5 (IANS): Two days after Karnataka Minister for Animal Husbandry, K. Venkatesh, stirred a row by stating that if buffaloes and oxen can be slaughtered, why cannot cows be, another Cabinet minister on Monday presented a contrasting viewpoint, saying he is against the slaughter of animals.

Senior Congress leader and Minister for Transport Ramalinga Reddy, speaking to reporters here, said: "The creator has given no rights to anyone to take life. I am against the killing of any animal. Every animal has a right to life."

Asked if he would present his opinion in the Cabinet, Reddy said he did that with the media but would not discuss them in the Cabinet meeting.

Reddy also said "he did not know the intention behind the Minister for Animal Husbandry K. Venkatesh's statement".

He further said that he wanted the elections to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to be held at an appropriate time.

"The Congress governments headed by S.M. Krishna and Siddaramaiah held the elections of BBMP within a timeframe," he said.

Reddy said during the previous term of the BJP government, the BBMP election was not held for 2 years and eight months.

"The Congress believes in decentralisation of power and democracy. We are committed to conducting elections," he said, adding: "The BJP did not hold any meeting over the development of Bengaluru with the opposition."

Earlier, on Saturday, speaking to reporters in Mysuru, Venkatesh stated that suitable action will be taken on withdrawing the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act after discussions.

"A decision will be taken which is going to help the farmers," he said.

Venkatesh said that he also nursed three to four cows at his residence.

"When one of the cows died, we struggled to cremate it. As many as 25 people came to lift the body but it was not possible. Later, a JCB was brought and the body was lifted," he said.

He also clarified that there is a dearth of funds to manage gaushalas in the state.

Hindu activists have slammed the remarks made by the Congress minister, and warned him of consequences if the state government withdraws the law on cow slaughter.

The previous BJP government had passed a Bill banning cow slaughter and prescribing stringent punishment for the offenders.






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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Tue, Jun 06 2023

    ಸಾರ್, ನೀವು ಮಾಂಸ ತಿನ್ನುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ತತ್ ಕ್ಷಣ ಬಂಧ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಾಯದ ಕಡೆ/ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಕಡೆ ನೇರ ಗಮನ ಇರಿಸಿ. ಮೂಖ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಲ್ಲುವ ಕಡೆ ಅಲ್ಲ....

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  • Dr Kusuma Kuamri Gunji MBBS DGO DNB, Nellore Kodyadka

    Tue, Jun 06 2023

    I am also against killing of all animals. animals have rights too

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  • Aj, Dubai

    Tue, Jun 06 2023

    Same girgit style of speech from congress people..

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, Jun 06 2023

    darna nahin mamu...ye sab dabbe pili hai...nagpur gulams bonkthe rahenge....they have said worst things when they were in power...even their minister asked people to kill the present CM....

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    animals are killing animals for their livelihood. we humans are killing animals to consume it's meat as livelihood. animal is just an animal. I don't deserve it to be worshipped. however, those people worship I have nothing to do it nor I prevent it. none of my business. It is your belief. I am consuming cattle meat, so it is my right to utilize meat eating.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 05 2023

    Not only animals nobody has right to slaughter any living being for pleasure or self gain including human beings. No other holy book than Bhagavad Gita encourages to eat beef if liked and it’s perfectly pardonable and acceptable to gods then who are we to ban beef consumption but go on killing humans spree. BJP is preaching everything against the Bhagavad Gita. Matter of fact animals can not live eating non living matter they have to consume living matter to survive.

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