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Oppn slams TMC’s cow distribution scheme


Team Udayavani, Nov 19, 2017, 2:53 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government’s decision to distribute cows among families in rural areas ahead of the panchayat polls has come under fire from the Left and the Congress as well as the BJP.

The CPM and the Congress have accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) of communalising politics and helping the BJP. And the BJP has slammed the decision as an attempt to appease the people through the “politics of dole”.

The TMC, which announced its decision on November 14, was trying to help the BJP in the panchayat polls, the Congress and the CPM claimed. According to Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan, the decision clearly signifies that the TMC is helping the BJP in its divisive politics.

“Why distribute cows ahead of panchayat polls? This is a clear indication that the TMC is trying to help the BJP gain ground in Bengal through its divisive politics. The TMC and the BJP have a tacit understanding on how to polarise the state,” Mannan said.

CPM politburo member Mohammad Salim agreed and said it was a ploy to make way for “cow politics”, which he claimed the BJP has been practising across the nation. The BJP also criticised the move. “Instead of the politics of development, the state government believes in the politics of dole. They have already given cycles and shoes, so now it’s cows,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said.

Had the government been serious about cow protection, he said, it would have taken steps to stop cow smuggling. “But it has not done that,” he added. Animal Resources Development Minister Swapan Debnath defended the decision, saying distributing cows in rural areas would help make families self-reliant and increase milk production.

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