BJP MLA's cow remark meant to bolster communal activities: CPM

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], July 23 (ANI): After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Murlidhar Patidar reportedly said that Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders must rear at least one cow each and if they fail to do so, they should be barred from BPL facilities, Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that such things are meant to bolster the communal activities. "This is a ridiculous proposition. To rear a cow is very expensive and if the family is in position to rear cows then they are not BPL. It is a clear cut communal propaganda. And it's meant only to bolster the communal activities which the Gau Rakshaks are doing. This clearly cannot be accepted," Yechury told ANI. The proposal by the BJP MLA came as members of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, while discussing a 'non-government resolution', agreed that the stray cows were raiding agricultural land and proving to be a threat to the farmers. According to reports, a resolution was moved by BJP MLA Shankarlal Tiwari, to seek an end to an old practice where farmers let go their cows post-harvest to allow them to graze, as according to him, such practices were adding to the number of stray cows. (ANI)