Kolkata: Training her guns on the Centre for banning the sale of cattle for slaughter across the country’s livestock markets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday asserted that the decision was unconstitutional.
“We won’t accept the Centre’s decision. It is unconstitutional and we will challenge it legally. We are not bound to abide by the Centre’s new decision. This is a subject on the concurrent list. How can they bulldoze? Who are they to decide who will eat what and who will wear what?” Banerjee said at a press conference at the state secretariat here.
Further lashing out at the Centre, Banerjee stated that the ban is a deliberate attempt to encroach on the state government’s powers.
“I would work towards building a consensus on the issue among the opposition parties around the country. As all secular parties are against this decision,” Banerjee said.
The Chief Minister is not the only opposition to criticise the Centre’s decision. The Left Government in Kerala has already rejected the Union government’s move describing it as “fascist”.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinyari Vijayan on Sunday said that the people in his state do not need a lesson on food habits from New Delhi or Nagpur.
Incidentally, Mamata has been criticising the Centre’s decision to ban cow slaughter for a number of months