MYSURU: Chief minister Siddaramaiah
said on Wednesday that the Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter is an attack on food culture, and opposed it. He hinted that Karnataka may approach the court, seeking a stay on the issue.
Speaking to reporters at Bylakuppe, where he arrived from Bengaluru to launch development projects in Peripayatna and Hunsur taluks, he said: “The state government has not received a copy of the revised notification. After studying the details, we’ll decide about seeking a legal remedy.”
The CM also took on state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa
on farm loan waiver and said the BJP leader is ignorant about the issue. The total farm loans availed by farmers in the state is Rs 52,000 crore. Of this, Rs 42,000 crore has been taken from nationalized banks while Rs 10,000 crore is from financial institutions under the cooperative sector. The BJP should first get the Centre to waive Rs 42,000 crore availed from nationalized banks, he said.
The CM said BJP leaders should pressure the NDA government to waive farm loans. If that is done, the state will follow suit and waive Rs 10,000 crore, he said.
Siddaramaiah, who also holds the finance
portfolio, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi
had made a U-turn on GST. It was the UPA government which initiated GST. When Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat
, he had opposed it. But now his government had made small amendments and brought it in, claiming it as its own, he said.