Congress Not Opposing Cattle Preservation Bill: Ripun Bora

Assam Congress Chief Ripun Bora on Tuesday said that the party doesn’t not oppose the new Assam Cattle Preservation Bill, 2021 that seeks to ban the sale of beef in areas predominantly inhabited by “Hindu, Jain, Sikh and other non-beef-eating communities or within a radius of 5 km of any temple”.

He however said that there should be any discrimination in name of religion.

“Why the discrimination? It should be applicable to all religions. Sale of beef should be banned within a 5 km radius of a religious place,” Bora told ANI.

“As far Congress is concerned, we are not opposing the new cattle bill. But we are demanding that there should not be discrimination. According to our constitution, everyone should be equal in the eye of the law. So why the sale of beef is prohibited within 5 km of Hindu, Sikh, Jain temples only?” Bora asked.

The bill provides for the protection of cattle by regulating their “slaughter, consumption, illegal transportation”. It seeks to replace Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950. 

The bill provides that the sale of beef or its products will not be allowed in areas that have a predominant population of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and other non-beef-eating communities or within a radius of five km of any temple, satra (Vaishnavite monastery), or other religious institutions belonging to Hindus, or any other institution or area as may be prescribed by the competent authority.

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