Kerala Assembly special session on June 8 to discuss restrictions on cattle trade

The traditional rival parties in the assembly have already united to strongly oppose the new law and have condemned it as "nothing but an attempt to usurp the rights of the state government".

Published: 02nd June 2017 11:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2017 02:30 PM   |  A+A-


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By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Legislative Assembly will hold a special session on June 8 to discuss new restrictions on cattle trade and its impact. The Assembly is expected to reach a resolution urging the Centre to withdraw the May 23 notification putting brakes on animal markets from trading in cattle for slaughter.

A special cabinet meet on Friday decided to hold the Assembly session to

collect political opinion and arrive at a consensus. Though the state wants to bring out a unanimous resolution against the BJP led Union government's notification, it seems difficult considering the stance of lone BJP MLA O Rajagopal, who may oppose the move.

"The Assembly will discuss all aspects of the new development. Based on the opinions from all political parties at the assembly, a final decision will be taken for the future course of action," said minister for animal husbandry, K Raju.

Legally challenging the restrictions, including approaching the Apex Court, are also being considered.

The state government will also consult constitutional and legal experts on the way forward. Kerala is also exploring the possibilities of bringing in a legislation within the purview of the state to overcome the restrictions.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced on Wednesday the government's decision to call a meeting of all chief ministers across the country on the matter.

However in the wake of the special Assembly session, the future course of action will be decided only as per the opinions put forth before the Assembly.

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