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The former BJP chief was addressing a convention of Jain saints and sadhvis in Indore on Sunday. The event was also attended by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Cow slaughter has always been against the principles of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and that was why the BJP-led government will try to discuss the issue with all parties concerned, Rajnath Singh said during an event organised by the Shwetambar Jain Samaj.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has indicated that the government might push for a blanket ban on cow-slaughter across India.
Addressing a national conclave of the Jain community in Indore, he said, “Cow slaughter cannot be accepted in this country. We will make all-out efforts to ban it and will also try hard to have a consensus for this purpose.”
Before Singh took to the stage, the earlier speakers had demanded a total ban on cow slaughter and beef exports and wanted him to make an announcement on moving a bill in the current session of Parliament.
राजनाथ ने कहा जैन धर्म के आदर्श से ही आतंक पर अंकुश : केन्द्रीय गृह मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने कहा है कि मध्यप्रदेश, महाराष्ट्र, गुजरात और हरियाणा पर गौ वध पर पूर्ण प्रतिबंध लगा दिया गया है, शेष भारत में भी प्रतिबंध लगाये जाने की जरूरत है।
स्थानीय दशहरा मैदान में रविवार जैन समाज के राष्ट्रीय सम्मेलन को सम्बोधित करते हुए श्री सिंह ने कहा कि जैन धर्म भारतीय संस्कृति का अनमोल रत्न है। जैन धर्म अहिंसा परमो धर्म में विश्वास करता है। जैन धर्म का प्रमुख मार्ग अहिंसा है। अहिंसा के मार्ग पर चलकर ही विश्व में शांति कायम हो सकती है और आतंकवाद समाप्त हो सकता है।
इस अवसर पर केंद्रीय गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने जैन धर्म की सराहना करते हुए कहा कि जैन धर्म का अहिंसा का आदर्श ही आतंक पर अंकुश लगा सकता है। उन्होंने गौवध पर पूरे देश में प्रतिबंध लगाने के सुझाव को सैद्धांतिक रूप से स्वीकार किया, लेकिन कहा कि इसके लिए संसद के दोनों सदनों में बहुमत होना ज़रूरी है।
Referring to the cow slaughter ban in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Maharashtra and Haryana, the senior BJP leader said nobody should doubt the government’s commitment to prevent on the issue.
Singh recalled that when he was Agriculture Minister in 2003, his ministry had prepared a bill for the total ban of slaughter of cows. “But the moment I rose to present it (bill) in Parliament, uproar was created. That is why we couldn’t get the bill passed,” he said.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that transportation, storage and sale of beef was banned in the state. As many as 12,000 people have been arrested on a cow-slaughter charge in Madhya Pradesh. Of them, 1,500 were convicted during 2009-2014. The Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act was introduced in 2004 by the then chief minister Uma Bharati. It was amended in 2010 to make cow slaughter a criminal offense. It attracts penal provision of jail term of one to seven years. “We want to make it more stringent,” said Chouhan.
The amended Act has provisions to include not only the transporter (of beef, cow or hide), but the driver and co-owner of the vehicle as well.
—base reports BS / IANS.