Bihar BJP senior leader, Sushil Kumar Modi said on Monday that if BJP wins in Bihar, ‘we would ban cow-slaughter in the state.’
“We will ban cow slaughter if the BJP-led NDA forms the government,” Modi wrote in his Twitter handle.
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने सीमा पर तस्करी रोक कर हज़ारों गायों को कटने से बचाया। बिहार में सरकार बनी तो हम गोहत्या पर प्रतिबन्ध लगाएंगे।
— Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) October 5, 2015
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had saved the lives of thousands of cows by stopping their smuggling.
The former deputy chief minister said, “The BJP want to improve the life of ‘gau-palak’ by protecting cows.”
Bihar is among those states where there is already a ban on cow slaughter.
Other states are Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Odisha, Puducherry, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.
Daman & Diu and Goa permit slaughter of those cows which are old or sick, or for medical purposes. Other states such as West Bengal allow slaughter of all cattle but require a ‘fit for slaughter’ certificate.
India is the largest exporter of beef in the world and there is no national law that bans either sale or consumption of beef.
Consumption of beef has been a thorny issue in India with Hindu nationalist parties such as the BJP demanding ban on its sale.
More recently, Jammu and Kashmir High Court had banned the sale of beef in the state. However, the Supreme Court on Monday overturned that decision allowing the sale for two months.