The BJP’s second attempt to table the anti-cow slaughter bill in the legislative council failed on Tuesday after a row over a no-confidence motion against the House chairman. The dignity of the House in the Karnataka Legislative Council was disbanded when the Congress MLC forcibly removed the Speaker of the Legislative Council from the chair. Following this incident, the proceedings of the House have adjourned sine die.
Hours after chaos broke out at the Karnataka Legislative Council with legislators manhandling Deputy Speaker SL Dharmegowda, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Tuesday asked Council Chairman K Prathapchandra Shetty to “resign immediately” saying that he failed to represent the majority in the upper house.A joint delegation of legislators from BJP and JD(S) met Karnataka governor VajubhaiVala to file a formal complaint on the matter.
The BJP led government of Karnataka on Wednesday passed the bill against cow slaughter in the state assembly in the midst of the uproar. Congress legislators left the proceedings of the House to protest against this. The bill, passed in the name of the Karnataka Cow Slaughter Prevention and Cattle Protection Bill 2020, has imposed a complete ban on the slaughter of cows in the state as well as buffalo smuggling, and atrocities. Suddenly there was an uproar in the House and the Congress MLC was forced to remove the Speaker of the Legislative Council.
In this case, Congress MLC Prakash Rathod said that when the BJP and JDS were not in the House order, then they were made chairman illegally. He said that doing this unconstitutional work by BJP is unfortunate. He further said that the Congress asked him to step down from the Chair and since he was sitting illegally in a chair, we had to remove him from there.
BJP MLC Lehar Singh Siroya said “some MLCs behaved like goons and misbehaved with the vice-chairman by taking him off the chair. We have not seen such a shameful day in the history of our council. I am ashamed to think what the people outside must be thinking about us.”
The Karnataka Cow Slaughter Prevention and Cattle Protection Bill 2020 is a revised version of the law brought by the BJP government in the year 2010. The bill, which calls for a blanket ban on the killing of cattle, was passed by the assembly during the winter session of the legislature, which ended on December 10. But it could not be tabled in the council as JD(S), whose support BJP needed, categorically refused to endorse it.
Ahead of the session on Tuesday, JD(S) supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda shared an open letter, stating the party was against the anti-cattle slaughter bill. He alleged He said that the BJP government is trying to spread unrest in society by introducing this bill. It can also spread communalism among the people. Therefore, our party will oppose this bill. He said that the BJP government of 2008-13 introduced a similar law despite protests by JD(S) and Congress, and secured the President’s assent. “After the change of government, we saw the act being repealed. Now, a similar bill has been introduced and it could wreak havoc in the lives of people, especially farmers. We will oppose it,” he said.
Though BJP is the largest party in the Upper House, the combined opposition of Congress and JD(S) has a numerical edge. The council reconvened for one day on Tuesday, primarily to discuss BJP’s no-confidence motion against chairman Prathap Chandra Shetty. BJP members had also planned to list the anti cow slaughter bill, but chaotic proceedings proved to be a hurdle. According to some party functionaries, it was always a long shot as JD(S) is still not on board.
Animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan said that the government still had the ordinance option. “I will meet chief minister BS Yediyurappa in this regard soon and the final decision will be taken,” he added.
The Karnataka Home Minister said that whatever happened in the House is intolerable. He added that it was decided in an all-party meeting that the Deputy Chairman will run the House. He said that the court is open to pass the law.