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Uma Bharti promises closure of slaughter houses

 

PUJA AWASTHI | Lucknow, February 27, 2012 18:17
Tags : Uma Bharti | BJP | SP | BSP | slaughter house | UP polls | sixth phase polls |
 

Bhartiya Janta Party's (BJP) firebrand leader Uma Bharti on Monday promised closure of all slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh if the party comes to power.

Speaking at a rally in Hasanpur, Bharti said, “Slaughter houses will be shut down and those who run them will be sent to jail. No one will dare cast an evil eye on the drawing of a cow, let alone a live cow”.

Bharti has chosen to make this statement a day before the western region, a hub of Muslim population, goes to the polls. Uttar Pradesh houses more than 200 slaughter houses, many of which have drawn the ire of animal lovers and environmentalists due to the substandard conditions used for slaughtering animals and for disposing off waste.

Last May there was a huge protest over the BSP government’s issuing of eight new licenses for slaughter houses.

Bharti, a candidate from Charkhari (Mahoba), who some sections of the party are projecting as chief ministerial hopeful said that the lives of cows, the honour of women and the food of the poor had been looted during the regimes of the BSP and SP.

“Western UP has become a haven for criminals. The BJP will end this goondaism”, she said.

The former MP Chief mister also criticized the opposition for giving tickets to criminals. “Those who should be in jail, will reach the Vidhan Sabha”, she said.

Her own party incidentally welcomed into its folds, Babu Singh Kushwaha, the sacked minister who is a prime accused in the multi crore National Rural Health Mission scam.

Speaking on her own return to the party she said, “I have taken this step because of the pitiable condition of the state”.

She also accused the opposition of diverting attention from the real issues before the people. “The issues are inflation, crime and corruption. But they have created the issue of Muslim reservation because they have no answers for the real issues”, she said.

“The development of the country is not possible without the development of UP. To save the country, we must save UP”, she added.

Parts of Uttar Pradesh will go to polls on Tuesday in the sixth phase of the seven phase Assembly polls.

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