Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar follows only those provisions of the Constitution which fit in agendas of his vote bank politics and ignores others, senior BJP leader Suhsil Kumar Modi alleged on Sunday.
“Nitish Kumar refers to the Directive Principles while implementing prohibition. But he does not want to go through the provisions in the Constitution about implementing Uniform Civil Code and ban on cow slaughter. His faith in the Constitution is partial and in vote bank politics total,” Modi alleged in a tweet.
The Bihar chief minister has stated at several public functions, in and outside of the state that the Directive Principles talk about implementing prohibition which his government is following.
JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh reacted sharply to Modi’s statement and claimed the “volume of beef export has increased” after the BJP came to power at the Centre.
“Sushil Modi may be talking about protection of cow but the fact is the volume of beef export has increased after the BJP came to power at the Centre…the Narendra Modi government had also given a subsidy of Rs. 15 crore in its first budget for opening new slaughter houses and modernisation of the old ones,” Mr Singh said in a release.
Claiming that the meat export went up to 22,000 tonnes in 2010-11 from 10,600 tonnes in 2001-02, Mr Singh said India exported 24 lakh tonnes of meat in 2014-15 which accounts for 58.7 per cent of the total meat exports of the world.
The NDA government earned more money from the export of beef than the export of Basmati rice, he said while asserting that there is already a law in Bihar for protection of cow and it is very much in the operation in the state.