West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday (May 29) condemned the Centre’s decision to ban the trade of cattle ban in the animal market. Terming the move as unethical, unconstitutional and undemocratic, as per a leading daily, the Trinamool Congress Leader said, “Deliberate attempt to encroach into state power.”
Banerjee, while addressing a press conference in the state, said, “We will challenge it legally. We will consult the state’s Advocate-General on this matter. I will request the Centre to not to interfere with the state’s matter and destroy the federal structure.”
Disapproving the Centre’s ‘unilateral’ decision, State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “The Centre has not discussed the matter with us. Everybody knows our stand on this issue. Let us get the notification first, then we will decide our next course of action.”
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “The new rules prevent people from lifting animals off the ground for weighing, dragging and suspending them off the ground.”
The central government on May 26 had banned all activities pertaining to animals, which could be tagged as cruel. It includes the trade of cattle from animal markets for slaughter, and practices like painting the horns of animals or putting decorative materials on them.