Jaipur: Bharatiya Janata Party pushed the ruling Congress government into a corner in the Rajasthan assembly on Wednesday, alleging that government was being "too soft on the issue of cow slaughter".
The Opposition MLAs claimed that smuggling of cows and cow slaughter have risen during the Congress rule in the state. They added that the ruling government was ignoring the smuggling of “godhan” (cow wealth) which was rampant in districts like Churu, Sikar, Bharatpur, Alwar and Udaipur.
"The police, when they apprehend cow smugglers, just book them under the Animal Cruelty Act and they easily get bail. The State government is allowing all this to happen," said BJP MLA Rajendra Rathore during question hour.
He demanded that cases of cow trade and cow slaughter be booked under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.
In order to assert his claim, Rathore cited several media reports regarding a publication by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, which promoted eating of beef.
However, Deputy Speaker Ramnarayan Meena refused to entertain the MLA’s charges saying that the government could not iniate a probe based on just media reports and asked him to furnish a copy of the publication.
On hearing this reply, the BJP MLAs rushed to the well of the House, shouting slogans against the "cow-killer" Congress government.
The incident prompted Minister of State for Home Affairs Virendra Beniwal to assure the House of determined and focused action against illegal cow trade.
According to report, 2012 witnessed a 52 per cent increase in the number of cow slaughter incidents as compared to previous year.
The Opposition urged the government to enact stringent laws in order to desist smugglers from committing the crime.