09 April, Mumbai
Republican Party of India (Athawale), an ally of ruling BJP, has asked the Maharashtra government to rethink on the expanded beef ban law and announced a state-wide protest against the legislation.
The party also claimed that the beef ban law ignores the economic welfare of farmers. RPI chief Ramdas Athawale will lead the protest in Mumbai on April 15.
Athawale said this is their first agitation against the Fadnavis government and they have invited representatives of various religious communities along with Muslim MLAs and MLCs to support the cause.
He added that the Act will cause problems to farmers whose animals have become too old or cannot be used for farming purpose. The Government should not get emotional and consider the rational and economic aspects of the ban.
The President recently gave assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act. While the old law, notified in 1976, banned the slaughter of cows, the new changes prohibit slaughter of bulls and bullocks as well.