Bengaluru: Already facing the wrath of farmers for its crackdown on cattle trade business, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) again raked the issue by promising in its manifesto to re-introduce the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation Bill 2012 if it comes to power in the state.
In the same breath, the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, who released the BJP manifesto for Karnataka on Friday, also stressed on the party’s commitment towards welfare of the farmers and for the agriculture sector.
Cow slaughter is banned across India since 1976. However, in the name of cow slaughter the BJP cadres are creating havoc in different states. They are also forcing a ban on eating beef – a popular choice for the majority of people in Southern states, including Karnataka. The BJP policy on one hand has led to violence against Muslims and Dalits, and on the other, has also upset the farmers for whom taking care of animals who can’t be used for farming is utmost difficult.
Besides cow slaughter bill, the BJP has also promised free mobile smartphones to women below poverty line. The manifesto also includes Rs 8,500 Crore “Madara Chennaiah Housing Scheme” to build modern housing for SC Communities and Rs 1,000 Crore “OBC Fund” to incentivize traditional occupations and ensure welfare of practitioners of traditional professions.
The Congress party which had also released its manifesto in the last week had called the BJP’s manifesto as a “bundle of lies” and a “Modifesto”.
“BJP’s Karnataka Manifesto is a classic case of 0+0=0 (Copy of 2014 ModiFesto + 2018 Yeddy-Reddy Festo = 0).Taking a cue from Modiji, It’s a Jumlafesto- a handbook of unabashed lies”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a tweet.
The BJP manifesto asserting that it was committed to the welfare of farmers and development of the agriculture sector comes a day after Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi released a scorecard of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Listing a number of points where the Modi government has zero or negligible contribution in the field, Rahul Gandhi has given “F” grade to Modi.
Prime Minister Modi, who is also aggressively campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, has termed the Congress government in Karnataka as “one of the most corrupt” in the country. Targeting Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Modi called the state government as “Sidha Rupayyah” sarkar.
Election in Karnataka is scheduled to be held on May 12 and counting of votes will be done on May 15. The result of all the 224 seats will also be announced on May 15.
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